Tom Brady was supposed to be absent from Patriots practice on Thursday because of a left shoulder injury.
And then he showed up.
So the mystery surrounding his left shoulder continues.
CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran reported Wednesday that Brady had "dinged" his left shoulder Saturday against the Dolphins, but X-rays were negative and that the problem wasn't expected to keep him out of Sunday's game. But ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning that Brady -- who, according to the Patriots, had a "non-injury related" absence from practice Wednesday -- wouldn't practice Thursday, either, and that the shoulder injury would be the reason.
But Brady was on the field for the beginning of practice Thursday. The media can only watch the warmups, but the Patriots listed him as a "limited" participant because of the shoulder.
The only two players missing from Thursday's practice were offensive linemen Logan Mankins (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PRACTICE: G Logan Mankins (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), QB Tom Brady (left shoulder), WR Deion Branch (groin), S Patrick Chung (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Julian Edelman (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), T Matt Light (ankle), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), RB Shane Vereen (hamstring), G Brian Waters (ankle), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen).
DID NOT PRACTICE: LT Demetrius Bell (knee), TE Mike Caussin (knee), K Dave Rayner (groin), QBWR Brad Smith (hamstring), G Kraig Urbik (knee).
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring), RB Johnny White (concussion).