Brady not present at start of Patriots practice

From Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who had tape on his right ring finger in the locker room, was not present for the start of practice Thursday. Brady also didn't practice Wednesday, although it was unclear if his absence was related to his injury. Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen had their first child -- a boy -- Tuesday.

Brady was added to the Patriots' injury report last Friday with a finger injury. He was listed as probable because he was a virtual certainty to play 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 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 took a big hit on his touchdown pass to Moss, and ran straight to the locker room. After the game, he wouldn't disclose why he went to the locker room. The Patriots announced he had an arm injury during the game.

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