Rib injury added to finger, shoulder

Updated: December 11, 2009, 11:14 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, and the Patriots pinpointed a new ailment for him -- his ribs.

Brady was listed on the team's participation report as having a right finger, right shoulder and rib injury. Brady's rib injury was disclosed for the first time.

In Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Dolphins, Brady retreated to the locker room after taking a big hit on a 58-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss in the first quarter. Brady, who didn't miss any snaps, did not say what he had been treated for in the locker room.

Brady's right finger injury was added to the report last week and was a hot topic before Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Brady finished 19-of-29 for 352 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the game.

Asked Wednesday if the Patriots changed what they did offensively against the Dolphins to compensate for Brady's right finger injury, coach Bill Belichick said: "We didn't change much. You saw the first drive of the game [which ended with a 58-yard touchdown bomb to Randy Moss]. The plays we had, we ran. There weren't really any changes."

Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday.

ESPNBoston.com Patriots reporter Mike Reiss contributed to this report.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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