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Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 4:48 pm
 
Brady missed Pats practice Wednesday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We already told you about one superstar quarterback missing practice Wednesday, and maybe Eli Manning and Tom Brady are more alike than even Eli knew, as Brady missed Wednesday's practice in advance of the AFC Championship Game as well.

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Brady's reason for missing was entirely different than Eli's (stomach bug) however. Brady missed, according to our Patriots Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard, because of what's "likely for scheduled rest."

Earlier this week, Brady called the Ravens "the best team we've faced all year."

"They’re physical, they’re tough, they can cover and they’ve got some of the best players in the history of the NFL at their positions in (Terrell) Suggs and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata," Brady said, per Bedard. You’ve got phenomenal players there. So, we’ve really got our work cut out for us."

So it's not like Brady's skipping because he considers this game a bye. (Duh.) Instead, it's really more about making sure his shoulder, which bothered him late in the season, is totally rested and healthy heading into Sunday's game.

Besides, the Ravens/Patriots game might ultimately not be about the physical matchup so much as it is mental. Andy Benoit made that point in his Film Room preview of the game and Brady reinforced it.

"It’s a film study game with him,” Brady said via Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “He wants to ID everything. We want to disguise what we’re doing."

And while Brady's sitting at home for the physical part of practice, there's no doubt he's working on the mental angle.

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:13 am
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

It sounds to me like the Pats want Brady at full strenght come game time against the Ravens. But I don't agree with the choice of resting him. It's the AFC Championship game against possibley the best Ravens team we have seen in a long time. To me it's not a good decision to rest Brady.

30-14 Ravens 



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:09 am
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Im going 30-14 Ravens



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Didn't Ravens beat the Steelers (TWICE) this year... so wouldn't that make them a better team and so... isn't Brady speaking the truth when he says 'This will be the toughest team we've faced" or [erhaps you can explain just exactly how the steelers are "better " than the Ravens..?



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:00 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Ravens the toughest team the Pats have faced this year?  Really?  What about the Steelers game plan that basically shut down the Pats until a gimme TD late in the game made the score look somewhat respectible.  The Steelers beat the Pats at their own game.  That should have been the toughest team faced by the Pats this year and would bode well for the Ravens to study that particular game film if they want to have a chance to win.  As much as I hate the Ravens. I hate Brady dissing the Steelers with his comments.



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:50 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

To bad he can't  miss 3 or 4 years.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Brady thinks he's going to the big dance in 3 weeks. He's probably out shopping for that perfect dress.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:18 pm
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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Tom just needed a day off. He will be ready to rock on Sunday versus the Ravens in what should be a great afc championship game.
I am going with the Pats by a score of 24 to 21. Tom Brady 2012!!!!



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Sounds like a Ravens loser here....we will see how his liitle shoulder is after the Ravens sore necks are after watching Brady smoke the little Ravens defense.

No that guy was a Jets loser. The Ravens have much more class than that.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Tom Brady misses practice, likely just resting

Brady will be ready when it counts.  He probably pulled a rib laughing when he read speculation by the media that Aaron Rodgers is the "best quarterback in the NFL right now."  The Patriots are overdue for another Super Bowl.  It should be a good game, but I think the Patriots' offense will trump the Ravens' defense this time around.  The joker factor will be the Patriots' underrated defense.  They might not be leading the league in anything, but they are good at getting the job done when they have to.  

I'll go 28-24 Patriots. 


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