Tom Brady (knee) returns to practice, officially listed as questionable

ByMike Reiss ESPN logo
Saturday, November 26, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two days with a knee injury.

Reporters were present at practice for part of the team's warm-up, and Brady appeared to be moving without restriction. He was asked how he felt after practice.

"Like I said, everybody is dealing with some bumps and bruises," Brady said. "It's just part of football. It's football season and I'm not the only one dealing with them. There are a lot of guys dealing with a lot of stuff, certainly in our locker room. It's just part of this game."

Brady was officially listed as questionable on the injury report announced later Friday. Sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Saturday that the Patriots plan for Brady to play but that it would be a game-time decision.

Sources have said there has been minimal to no concern about Brady's availability Sunday on the road game at the New York Jets, though it's still notable that Brady is managing an injury that kept him out of practice. Brady has often said how important practice is to him to prepare for the game but that he wasn't sure how much missing practice would affect him.

"I'm not sure. I haven't done it in a long time. We'll just see. You work hard to do the best you can do, whatever it is on a given day. If you can practice, great. If you don't have the opportunity to do it, that's the way it goes and you have to do the best you can to get out there and help the team. Just trying to do the most I can to get out there. If I get my shot on Sunday, I'll do the best I can do."

In the Patriots' 31-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13, Brady took a hit by safety Kam Chancellor to the area near his right knee. Brady later said he was happy he didn't suffer a knee injury. Hedidn't miss any practice time the following week and he wasn't on the injury report.

This week has been different after the Patriots' 30-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Bill Belichick declined to elaborate on Brady's status earlier Friday, saying the club would submit its official injury report later in the day.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski (chest injury) was present at practice for the third straight day. He has been limited this week after missing the win Sunday over the 49ers and is questionable for the Jets. Sources told Russini on Saturday that Gronkowski has made a lot of progress and team doctors are "optimistic" but he is also a game-time decision.

Special teams ace Matthew Slater (foot) is out for Sunday, while wideout Chris Hogan (back), who missed the 49ers game, is questionable.

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