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1 week ago

As expected, Patriots QB Tom Brady is active and playing through his ankle sprain for a 2nd straight game.  He showed no ill effects in clobbering Buffalo on Sunday and should be fine to keep in fantasy lineups against the Jets.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) is probable for Thursday night's game against the Jets.  Despite post-game reports last week that the ankle injury was "significant," it wasn't an issue in Brady's 4-TD outburst against the Bills.  He's a solid fantasy starter for Week 7.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady told Jets reporters on a conference call Tuesday that his sprained ankle is "doing really well," according to The Star-Ledger.  "I've been getting a lot of treatment, and I'll be getting treatment up until game time, and I'm going to go out there on Thursday and see what we can do."  Of course, we only learned after Sunday's win over Buffalo that his injury was "significant," and the next time we get a straight answer out of the Patriots will likely be the 1st.  Still, fantasy owners can't get too worried about Brady given his performance against the Bills and the favorable matchup with the Jets' pass D.  Barring some kind of setback this week, start him with confidence Thursday night.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady was listed as questionable on the Week 6 injury report after tweaking his ankle in Friday's practice.  There was no indication prior to Sunday's game that it was a concern.  But CSN New England hears that Brady's injury was "significant" and required "a lot of therapy" to get ready for the Bills.  The ankle certainly didn't look like an issue, with Brady setting season-highs with 361 yards and 4 TDs.  He has just 4 days to get ready for Thursday night's game against the Jets.  We'll keep an eye on his status leading up to that one, but Brady seems safe to use as a fantasy starter vs. New York's leaky secondary.

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1 week ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bills. Start him as you normally would.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is the latest to confirm that Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) will start against the Bills today.  Brady tweaked his ankle in Friday's practice, but there's been nothing to suggest it's a concern.  He never moved in our Week 6 QB Rankings.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) traveled with his teammates to Buffalo with a boot on his injured ankle.  It's further confirmation that he'll play against the Bills on Sunday.  Brady is listed as questionable, but there's been no indication that his ankle injury is serious.  Per insider Jeff Howe, Brady has been "questionable" 4 previous times in his career and is 3-1 in those games.

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The Patriots listed QB Tom Brady as questionable for Sunday’s game at Buffalo with an ankle injury. He suffered the injury in Friday’s practice, but he's still expected to suit up for the key divisional showdown. As team beat writer Jeff Howe remarked, it'll "take a ton" for Brady to sit out.  Check back for an update before the 1pm EST kickoff.

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1 month ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. There’s been no indication that the calf will be an issue. Brady is a low-end fantasy starter with a limited Rob Gronkowski on hand.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is listed as questionable but will start against the Dolphins this weekend. After sitting out Thursday’s practice, he put in a limited workout on Friday. There’s been no indication that the calf will be an issue. Brady sits 11th in our Week 1 QB Rankings.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) confirmed in a Thursday radio appearance that he'll play against the Dolphins this weekend.  “Yeah, physically I had the day off but I got a lot of extra film, mental reps walkthroughs and such," Brady said.  "I’ll be ready to go Sunday."  We'll keep an eye on the calf, but there's no reason to believe it'll be an issue this weekend.  Use Brady as you normally would.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady was held out of Thursday's practice and listed on the injury report with a calf.  He wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, and this is the first we've heard of any calf issue.  Insider Phil Perry says that "players in the Patriots locker room did not seem at all phased by Brady's absence."  ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Brady is "healthy enough" to play against the Dolphins this weekend.  There's probably nothing to see here, but we'll have another update tomorrow.

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The Patriots "truly feel that Tom Brady only has a few years left," according to insider Mike Freeman.  No surprise there.  Turning 37 in August, Brady is the 2nd-oldest starting QB in the league.  He's still one of the best, but his completion rate has dipped in 4 straight seasons.  His 6.9 yards-per-attempt average was his worst mark in a full season since 2006.  New England is expected to add a QB -- potentially Brady's successor -- in next month's draft.  QB Ryan Mallet is a free agent next offseason.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with an illness.  "I'm doing very well, thank you," Brady said when asked how he was feeling.  "Had a good day of practice. Good to get back on track."  This is a non-story as we head toward Sunday's AFC Championship.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady did not practice on Wednesday.  He was spotted at the team's facility in the morning but headed home before practice.  A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Brady is sick but will be fine for Sunday's AFC Championship game.  It's the 1st practice Brady has missed all season but shouldn't be an issue this weekend.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady will be without TE Rob Gronkowski, his best receiver, the rest of the season.  Brady's 2nd-half resurgence was fueled by Gronk's return.  In the TE's 6 full games, Brady averaged 298 yards and 1.8 TDs.  His 17.7 fantasy points per game over that span ranked 10th among QBs.  Brady was even better over the final 4 games of that stretch, averaging 23.9 points per game.  That, of course, followed an abysmal start to the season without Gronk.  Brady averaged 247 yards and 1.3 TDs in the 6 games before Gronk debuted.  He was 16th among QBs in fantasy points during that span.  It's worth noting that Brady was also without WR Danny Amendola and RB Shane Vereen for most of that stretch.  Both those guys are healthy now, so Brady should be better than he was to open the season.  But he still looks like just a low-end QB1 without Gronkowski.  Brady gets Miami's 3rd-ranked QB defense next week, followed by Baltimore's 12th-ranked unit in Week 16.

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1 year ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady practiced Saturday with the middle and ring fingers on his throwing hand taped together, according to the Boston Herald.  No injury had been reported previously, though he could be seen flexing the hand during the loss to the Jets.  Brady, of course, gave only a stock answer about dealing with "bumps and bruises."  We'll have to see whether the issue impacts his throwing.  It certainly won't help a guy completing just 55% of his passes on the season.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady practiced on Thursday, a day after going down with what turned out to be an incredibly minor knee injury.  It was a "light" practice, per NFL Network.  And Brady was sporting a brace on that left knee.  But he wouldn't be out there at all if he or the team was at all concerned about his health.  Brady is even hoping to play in Friday's preseason game.  Consider this a non-issue going forward.

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The news keeps getting better and better for Patriots QB Tom Brady. Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder that Brady suffered "more of a bruise," rather than a knee sprain.  "He basically got kicked," the source explained.  Brady attended team meetings last night and might practice today.  He's even expected to play in New England's preseason game on Friday.  There's clearly nothing to worry about with that knee.  Draft Brady as you normally would.

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An MRI on Patriots QB Tom Brady's left knee came back clean, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Brady is considered day-to-day with a sprained knee.  The Pats will continue to monitor the knee -- the same one in which Brady tore his ACL back in 2008 -- but it sounds like he'll be back on the practice field soon.  "Patriots Nation can exhale," Schefter tweeted.  So can Brady's fantasy owners.

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