Update: Brady listed as 'probable' for Sunday


Update: Brady listed as 'probable' for Sunday

FOXBORO -- It is the shiny thing to keep everyone occupied during the holiday week. Tom Brady's left shoulder. Since we have basically established that it's not separated but hurts enough to warrant an X-ray, the attention now turns to record-keeping. Brady, who was at the early portion of Friday's practice involved in stretching and sprints, did not practice on Wednesday. The reason given was "not injury related." On Thursday, he took part on a limited basis and the reason given for his limitations was "shoulder." Same on Friday, but he was still listed as 'probable' on the injury report.
Bill Belichick was peppered with questions at the outset of his Friday morning press conference by Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Asked what Brady was able to do at practice Wednesday, Belichick answered, "Play quarterback."Three successive questions about listings, etc., were batted away with a "we've covered that."Toward the end of the press conference, Belichick was asked if he felt confident Brady could play at a high level on Sunday. "Anybody we put out on the field, I have confidence in or we wouldn't put him out there," Belichick answered. "So if they're out there, we have confidence in him. If they're not out there, there is either another player ahead of him or we're not confident they can go out there and do it health-wise. It's as simple as that. We're not going to put anybody out there on the field that we don't have confidence in." The concern about Brady is warranted. He's really good. But the level of disrepair he's currently in is not commensurate with the attention his bruise is generating.Oh, and by the way, Logan Mankins -- as expected -- is out for Sunday, leaving a patchwork offensive line to again attempt to protect Brady.NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSOUT: G Logan Mankins (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).QUESTIONABLE: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), 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).PROBABLE: QB Tom Brady (left shoulder).BUFFALO BILLSOUT: LT Demetrius Bell (knee), TE Mike Caussin (knee), K Dave Rayner (groin), QBWR Brad Smith (hamstring), G Kraig Urbik (knee).PROBABLE: WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring), RB Johnny White (concussion).

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”