Tom Brady missing from start of Tuesday's practice


Tom Brady was one of a pair of players absent from the start of Tuesday's Patriots practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

Brady was hit six times, including three sacks, during Thursday's win over the Bucs in Tampa Bay last week. 

Also missing from the practice was corner Eric Rowe, who missed Week 5 due to a groin injury he aggravated against the Panthers. 

Brady is on pace to be sacked 51 times and hit 105 times, both of which would be career-highs. He took 97 hits back in 2015 playing behind a banged-up offensive line that was without Nate Solder for the majority of the season. 

If Brady's dealing with something physically, it's difficult to know what exactly it is. He did not miss a snap in Tampa, and he was made available after the game, noting that he would be available when the Patriots travel to New Jersey to take on the Jets. "Just football," Brady said of the hits he absorbed. Brady has also taken part in his normal weekly media obligations, speaking with WEEI and Westwood One radio over the phone on Monday. 

Two of the hardest shots Brady took on Thursday were on his first and third sacks. The first, courtesy of Clinton McDonald, saw Brady land hard on his left arm as he went down. His head also hit the turf as he was taken to the ground. The third sack, which resulted in a Brady fumble, featured a hard shot to Brady's right arm and shoulder from Bucs linebacker Adarius Glanton.

The Patriots are not required to release an injury report on Tuesday because they are only asked to publish three each week. They will likely post injury updates on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

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