Tom Brady missed the New England Patriots first practice for the AFC championship game with an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder.
The Patriots face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Before Wednesday’s practice, Brady smiled and appeared to be in a good mood while speaking with reporters.
The injury first kept Brady out of practice on Dec. 28, four days before he played all but the final offensive series in a 49-21 win over Buffalo. Last Saturday, he played every New England offensive series in a 45-10 divisional playoff win over Denver. There was no indication that his shoulder was injured further in that game.
Coach Bill Belichick customarily lists many players on the injury report but almost all usually end up playing.
GIANTS: Quarterback Eli Manning missed part of Wednesday’s practice session with an illness that coach Tom Coughlin called “a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal.”
Manning was placed on the Giants’ injury report for the first time this season as a limited participant in practice, though he missed the majority of it.
The team is preparing to play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday for the NFC championship.
Also limited Wednesday were defensive ends Justin Tuck (shoulder) and Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring) and rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle).
Missing practice completely was running back Ahmad Bradshaw with a foot problem. Bradshaw frequently has sat out practices or been limited in recent weeks.
BRONCOS: Tim Tebow needs more R&R than anyone thought.
The Broncos quarterback played through rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in Denver’s 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs last weekend.
He won’t need surgery, is expected to make a full recovery with some down time and his off-season training program shouldn’t be affected in any way.
ESPN first reported Wednesday that Tebow got hurt on a third-quarter tackle, then had trouble sleeping because of the pain and underwent an MRI on his chest Monday.
PACKERS: Pushing ahead with his career in the wake of personal tragedy, Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching job for a second time Wednesday.
Philbin met with team owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland in New York City, where Ross has an office.
Philbin decided to remain in consideration despite his son’s recent drowning in a Wisconsin river.
BENGALS: Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Jones entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs.
Jones could have received a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.
Jones, 28, was accused in court documents of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown bar in July.