FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spent part of Tuesday's practice, his first since Wednesday of last week, showing Patriots football reseach director Ernie Adams exactly how he pierced his thumb with a pair of scissors leading up to the Patriots-Bears preseason game.
After that, during the media availability portion of the team's practice, Brady appeared to throw accurately and with good velocity without any sort of bandage or wrap on his injured thumb.
Brady was excused from Sunday and Monday's practices for non injury-related reasons. When asked about his absences during a press conference before Tuesday's practice, Brady replied, "I just had to take care of something. It's good to be back with the team. I missed everybody."
Another notable returnee to the practice field was defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who according to the Boston Herald is dealing with a sprained MCL. Sheard warmed up with the Patriots but then headed to a lower field -- along with Tre' Jackson (on the physically unable to perform list), Danny Amendola (also on PUP), Rob Ninkovich (torn triceps), Malcolm Mitchell (dislocated elbow) and Shea McClellin -- in order to do some conditioning.
Sheard was injured during New England's preseason opener against the Saints and had not been seen on the practice field until Tuesday. Sheard has been present in the Patriots locker room recently and moving without any apparent limp.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung was also on the field and participating after missing the start of Monday's practice.
Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Rob Gronkowski, Alan Branch, Sebastian Vollmer and Dion Lewis were not spotted Tuesday: Lewis and Vollmer are still on PUP and will not be ready for the start of the regular season; Branch has been suspended by the Patriots since before the Bears preseason game; Mason (hand) and Cooper (foot) are dealing with injuries; Gronkowski has not practiced since suffering an injury against the Bears in a practice last week, but he was spotted walking through the locker room on Tuesday trying to catch his breath and sweating.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.
*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.
*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.
*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.
*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.
*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.
*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.
At his first practice since the incident, Tom Brady showed Jimmy Garoppolo how he managed to cut himself with scissors prior to Thursday’s preseason game with the Bears.