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Quarterback Brady Limited in Patriots Practice by Left Shoulder

December 30, 2011

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- New England quarterback Tom Brady was restricted to what the Patriots said was “limited participation” in practice yesterday because of an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder.

Brady stretched with the team and threw a few passes during the portion of the workout open to reporters as the Patriots prepared for their National Football League regular-season finale Jan. 1 at home against the Buffalo Bills.

Brady, who was this week selected as the American Football Conference’s starter for the Pro Bowl, missed practice two days ago because of what the team said was a non-injury reason.

Brady, 34, landed hard on his left shoulder when he was tackled late in the Patriots’ 27-24 win last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. He didn’t mention any shoulder issues during his regular midweek news conference two days ago.

The Patriots (12-3), who already have clinched the AFC East division title and a first-round postseason bye, can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or tie against the Bills.

--Editor: Dan Baynes, Nancy Kercheval.

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