Patriots QB Tom Brady back practising but unsure if knee injury sidelines him
Tom Brady practised Friday after missing two days with a knee injury.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refused to divulge any details either about the nature of his quarterback’s knee injury, or his status for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets.
That’s consistent with Belichick’s policy. He’s careful never to divulge a scraping of injury news beyond what is required by the league — that is, to issue a list whether an injured player was a full, partial or non participant after each of the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday practices, then on Friday afternoon disclose whether the injured player is questionable, doubtful or out for that week’s game.
The Patriots’ injury report on Friday listed Brady as a limited participant in that day’s practice, and indicated the 39-year-old is questionable to play against the Jets — same with TE Rob Gronkowski (chest), TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (foot) and WR Chris Hogan (back).
Brady missed Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices with the knee injury. There’s speculation Brady suffered it on a hard hit to his right knee area by Seattle’s Kam Chancellor, two weeks ago Sunday night,.
Brady finished that game without issue, practised last week without issue, and played without visible limitations last Sunday at San Francisco.
ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss observed Brady warming up before Friday’s practice and said the QB “appeared to be moving without restriction. Sources have said there has been minimal to no concern about Brady’s availability for Sunday’s road game.”
For his part, Brady was coy at his Friday news conference.
“We’ll see,” he said, when asked if he’ll play Sunday.
“It’s just bumps and bruises like everybody else. It’s a tough time of year. A lot of guys have been going for a long time — a lot longer than me. Everybody is dealing with something. It’s part of football.”
Receiver Sammy Watkins hasn’t suited up in a game for the Buffalo Bills since Week 2. But head coach Rex Ryan reiterated Friday he “expects” the third-year receiver to play Sunday against visiting Jacksonville. Watkins has spent the past two months rehabbing the sore left foot that underwent surgery in May.
Two other top Bills playmakers are listed as questionable against the Jaguars. RB LeSean McCoy dislocated his right thumb last Sunday at Cincinnati, but reports said he is expected to play this week. Newly re-acquired WR Percy Harvin missed Thursday’s and Friday’s practices with an illness.
McCoy’s backup, Mike Gillislee, has been ruled out with a hamstring injury he suffered this week in practice. Rookie Jonathan Williams and Reggie Bush will back up McCoy on Sunday, presuming he plays.
Also ruled out by Buffalo are WR Robert Woods (knee) and S Robert Blanton (foot). DT Corbin Bryant is doubtful (shoulder).
DEZ’S NORMAN CONQUEST
If you missed it during Thursday’s Dallas-Washington game, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman — two of the NFL’s most emotional, hot-headed braggarts — constantly yammered at one another. Even afterward during handshakes time, the two nearly got into a shoving match and had to be separated.
“I won’t say emotional on my end, I’m (saying) emotional on his end,” Bryant told NFL Network. “I was perfectly fine. I was just wearing his ass out the whole night. That’s what I was doing, and I enjoyed it. Washington needs to get their money back.”
The Redskins signed Norman in the spring to a five-year, $75-million free-agent contract.
ProFootballFocus.com determined that Dak Prescott threw to Bryant five times on Thursday when Norman covered him. Bryant caught three for 32 yards, none for a touchdown.
“Exactly,” Norman told reporters afterward, per NFL.com. “But I’m trash, and he beat me all day? I just don’t get it. I don’t understand.
“But if that boosts his ego, or feed him some fuel or whatever kind of thing he got in his head, so be it … He can go and cry, holler, hoot, whatever you want. At the end of the day, zero touchdowns.”
Too bad these teams already have played their two games against each other this season. We can hope for a playoff matchup, though.
REED IN PAIN
Washington TE Jordan Reed heroically returned to Thursday’s game at Dallas despite suffering an apparently serious shoulder injury, and made at least two scintillating catches in defeat. ESPN.com reported Friday that Reed would undergo an MRI to determine how severely his shoulder is separated. Reed told reporters after the game he was in severe pain.
U.S. RATINGS REVIVAL
An NFL spokesman tweeted Friday that Game 2 of Thursday’s annual U.S. Thanksgiving tripleheader — the Cowboys’ 31-26 defeat of the Redskins — drew more viewers (35.1 million) than any NFL regular-season game on American TV since 1995, when 35.7 million watched Kansas City at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Also, Dallas-Washington was the most-watched regular-season game Fox has aired in more than two decades as an NFL rights-holder.
Ex-CFLer and New York Giants OG/C Brett Jones (of Weyburn, Sask.) is out Sunday vs. Cleveland, with a calf injury … Carolina LB Luke Kuechly and OL Ryan Kalil won’t play Sunday at Oakland. And the Panthers placed OT Michael Oher on injured reserve … Philadelphia WR Nelson Agholor practised better this week, offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Friday. But the possibility that Agholor — a first-round pick last year — will be benched Sunday against Green Bay remains … Denver CB Aqib Talib (back) and DE Derek Wolfe (elbow) practised fully all week and are expected to return to action Sunday night against visiting Kansas City.