FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady participated in practice Thursday on a limited basis because of a left shoulder injury.
The New England Patriots quarterback had missed Wednesday’s session, but the team said his absence was not injury-related.
Comcast SportsNet reported that same day that Brady had X-rays to check for a separated left shoulder and was told he was “all set.” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Thursday: “If there was an injury, then it would be on the injury report.”
Brady was listed on Thursday’s report as having participated on a limited basis with the shoulder injury. He was one of 17 Patriots listed as participating on a limited basis, meaning a player took part in fewer than 100 percent of his normal repetitions.
He loosened up and ran with his teammates at the start of the practice while reporters were allowed to watch.
Brady landed hard on his left shoulder with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter Saturday when he was tackled by Kevin Burnett on a scramble in a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins in which he also scored on two 1-yard sneaks.
The Patriots have one more practice on Friday before a walkthrough on Saturday for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills (6-9).
The Patriots (12-3) have clinched a first-round bye and can lock up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or tie. If they lose, they could still get home-field advantage with a loss or tie by both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brady has a chance for the fourth 5,000-yard passing season, needing just 103. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints set the NFL record of 5,087 Monday night, 3 more than the mark set by Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins in 1984.
The Saints, tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the second-best record in the NFC at 12-3 and with a chance to earn a bye, face the Carolina Panthers.