Patriots' Brady probable vs. Bills despite sprained left shoulder

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is probable for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills with a sprained left shoulder, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network's Albert Breer.

The source said the non-throwing shoulder, which Brady injured last Saturday against the Miami Dolphins, "should not limit" the quarterback's ability to play against the Bills, and there's no issue of instability. At this point, the source said, it's a matter of "pain control" for Brady.

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Comcast SportsNet New England reported that Brady participated in the beginning of Friday's practice and didn't appear to be hampered by the shoulder while running sprints. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora cited league sources in reporting Thursday that Brady is expected to play against the Bills.

Asked what Brady was able to do in Thursday's practice, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday: "Play quarterback, the usual thing." When asked if Wednesday was a planned day off for Brady, Belichick said he thought he had covered that topic.

Brady was limited in practice the past two days after missing practice Wednesday for what the Patriots called non-injury-related reasons.

Sixteen other Patriots who had limited participation Friday were listed as questionable. Offensive linemen Logan Mankins (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) were ruled out of the game.

For a complete look at all injuries around the league, go to's injury page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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