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).
BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.
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Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.
Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.
And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis
on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.
Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture
to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.
Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
A league source tells CSNNE.com that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.
"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”