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Tom Brady back at New England Patriots practice

Nothing gains the national football media's attention like a quarterback missing practice, whether it's for a serious injury or a flu bug.

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Tom Brady was back at New England Patriots headquarters Thursday morning, per The Boston Globe. He later was seen on the field during the portion of practice available to the media.

"I had a good day of practice," Brady told reporters after the session. "(It's) good to be back on track."

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier that Brady missed Wednesday's practice because he was sick. The Patriots' Wednesday injury report also listed a shoulder issue for Brady. However, the star signal-caller downplayed his one-day absence.

"It was nothing," Brady said at the news conference. "I feel great. Nothing at all."

There's no reason to expect that Brady will be at less-than-peak strength for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

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