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Brady happy to rejoin fellow Pats, hopeful of labor resolution

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Tom Brady is putting in some football work this week.

After three days of workouts with some of his New England Patriots teammates, the quarterback headlined a charity touch football game at Harvard University.

Brady took a break during halftime of Friday night's game benefiting Best Buddies International, which supports programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to briefly comment on the NFL's labor stalemate and when it will end.

"Nobody knows. Hopefully soon," Brady said. "There's been a lot (of) positive moves from both sides. Everyone is working hard toward a great outcome. And I'm confident that a lot of reasonable people will come to a very reasonable agreement."

Brady's comments were rather polite compared to the arguments made earlier in the day before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Brady, who's among the 10 plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit filed against the league, said he's looking forward to the 2011 season, even if fans and some players are growing restless during the nearly three-month work stoppage that's threatening it.

Brady said veterans and young players alike have a responsibility to leave the NFL in better conditions than when they entered.

"We all stick together and we realize how important each one of us are to each other," he said. "A lot of guys really care about the game."

More than 40 Patriots players joined Brady for workouts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Boston College's Alumni Stadium. Coaches couldn't attend because of the lockout, leaving Brady in charge.

"It's been fun to see a lot of the guys," the quarterback told the Boston Herald. "I think there's a lot of good work."

Brady also said his right foot is fine nearly five months after he had surgery to repair a stress fracture.

"I feel good," he said. "Good enough to run around here and have fun, and I'm excited for football season."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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