Foot sprain not expected to keep Patriots' Brady out Sunday

Patriots quarterback Tom Bradyreturned to practice Thursday, a day after what has been described as a mild foot sprain kept him out of practice, the Boston Herald reported.

The foot injury is not likely to prevent him from playing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brady was listed a limited participant in Thursday's practice, along with running back Fred Taylor and fellow starters safety Patrick Chung (knee), guard Stephen Neal (shoulder) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (groin).

It's unclear when Brady sustained the injury, and if it occurred in Sunday's loss at Cleveland. The quarterback, who was 19-of-36 passing for 224 yards against the Browns, conducted his regular Wednesday news conference.

Sunday night the suddenly struggling Patriots offense, which held the ball fewer than 22 minutes against the Browns, faces a blitz-happy Steelers defense that ranks fifth in sacks with 24.

The Steelers held out five starters Thursday including safety Will Allen (concussion/illness), defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring), guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle), tight end Heath Miller (knee) and defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps).

The oft-injured Taylor hopes to play Sunday night after missing five games with two painful toes.

He returned to practice on Wednesday and was there again Thursday, both with limited participation. The toe injuries on each foot have improved and the Patriots will announce his status for Sunday's game on Friday.

Taylor missed 10 games with an ankle injury last season, his first with the Patriots. This season he gained 98 yards on 25 carries before being sidelined when he suffered tendon and ligament damage in his second toe injury. At one point, he was afraid it might require surgery.

"The initial prognosis was bad, to the point of tears," he said. "I'm just happy to be at the point that I am because the past six, seven weeks have been pretty frustrating."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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