FOXBORO -- Despite an ESPN report to the contrary, Tom Brady was at practice on Thursday in the frigid cold on the upper grass fields as the Patriots continue preparations for the Bills Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale at Gillette Stadium. Brady was present as the team went through its pre-practice stretching exercises.
About two hours earlier, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Brady's injured left shoulder would keep him out of practice on Thursday. He added the injury was "not insignificant" but it was not a "long term" issue and the team expected him to start and play Sunday against the Bills.
Schefter, moments later on his Twitter page, explained that Brady might be stretching so the team can list him as limited before reiterating his initial report that Brady is "not practicing" Thursday.
Brady's absence on Wednesday was explained on the team's official participation report as "not injury related" as he was one of three players to miss practice.
The only players to miss Thursday's practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields were offensive linemen Logan Mankins (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot).