FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was taken off the injury report on Thursday, a day after he was given the day off to rest his right shoulder after throwing a career-high 65 passes on Sunday night in the 41-34 loss to the 49ers at Gillette Stadium. 

Linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle) was the only player to miss practice due to injury on Thursday outside in sweats and shells. Jermaine Cunningham is serving the fourth and final week of his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL PED policy. 

With rumors swirling about what the Jets intend to do with their mess at quarterback, head coach Rex Ryan joked about one quarterback that could make New York's troubles disappear.

"I'll be honest with you," Ryan told reporters. "If we had Tom Brady, I'd be happy with that. We don't."

After getting Wednesday off for an apparent maintenance day of rest, Tom Brady was back on the practice field Thursday with his Patriots teammates as they continued preparations for the Jacksonville Jaguars in shells outside Gillette Stadium. Brady threw a career-high 65 passes and missed practice on Wednesday for the first time this season. 

The only player missing from the 52 players on the roster was linebacker Mike Rivera, who missed his second straight practice with an ankle injury.

Tom Brady was second overall in fan Pro Bowl voting, but still couldn't claim top vote-getter numbers at his position in his conference. 

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, suggested that the Jets' reluctance to play Tim Tebow at quarterback in the final games of the season is illogical. Cole suggested that the decision to go with Greg McElroy over Tebow (with Mark Sanchez benched) represented an instance in which perception and public relations won out over good decision-making. 

If you’re overlooking this week’s matchup between the Patriots and Jaguars, you’re probably doing so for good reason.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was given the day off from practice to rest his right shoulder after throwing a career-high 65 passes on Sunday night in the 41-34 loss to the 49ers at Gillette Stadium. While Wednesday marked Brady's first day off from practice this season, the Patriots have routinely given Brady a day off on Wednesday in years past as the team approached the postseason. 

No group of first-year players since the Patriots’ 2003 rookie class has delivered more of a collective jolt in their first season in the league than New England’s 2012 rookies.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was not at practice in sweats and shells on Wednesday on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium as the Patriots began their on-field preparations for the Jaguars this Sunday in Jacksonville. It was the first time this season Brady was not seen at the media availability during practice.

Also not spotted was linebacker Mike Rivera, who started Sunday night in place of Brandon Spikes before Spikes came in on the second defensive series and played the rest of the game. 

When the Patriots failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from their own 12-yard line with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter on Sunday night against the 49ers, the game essentially was over and the chances at a top two seed and first-round bye in the AFC playoffs were in serious jeopardy.