Still dealing with the flu, Brady returns to practice


Still dealing with the flu, Brady returns to practice

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't speak to the media for the second straight day that he was supposed to, but his flu-like symptoms didn't hold him back from Thursday's practice at Gillette Stadium.

Brady originally was supposed to be available to the media on Wednesday, as he usually is. But that was pushed back to Thursday because Brady was suffering from the flu, forcing him to miss Wednesday's practice.

And on Thursday Brady's media availability was pushed back once again, as the quarterback was still dealing with those flu-like symptoms.

The limited amount of Patriots players who talked to the media on Thursday all realize it's in the team's best interest for Brady to get all the rest he can, prior to Sunday's game in Buffalo.

"We have to do what we have to do," said wide receiver Deion Branch. "Whatever it takes to get Tom up to full steam. If he needs to rest two or three days, that's what he's got to do."

Branch spoke to the media on Thursday, but unlike Brady, he wasn't available at Thursday's practice. It marked the second straight day that Branch (knee) was missing.

Also missing was Dan Connolly (concussion), Aaron Hernandez (hip), Tully Banta-Cain (groin), Jermaine Cunningham (calf), and Mike Wright (concussion).

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Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter