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Jan 6, 2016 8:37 PM

Tom Brady looking better after hit, Patriots take practice field before playoff bye


FOXBOROUGH - Tom Brady looked to be in much better shape today after he was seen limping on Sunday following a hit by Ndamukong Suh in the Patriots' loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday.

"Feeling better; better than a few days ago, Tom Brady, the Patriots' quarterback said.

Teammates say they were not at all worried about Brady's condition.

"He's a tough guy, the ultimate competitor," said Danny Amendola, Patriots wide receiver.

The reigning Super Bowl champions have had to overcome several key injuries this season.

Just on offense, Amendola has been in and out of the lineup, plus Rob Gronkowski suffered a knee injury not long ago.

The Patriots have been missing Julian Edelman since mid-November, but he's been practicing with the team for several weeks now.

Reports say that he should be back from his injury for the playoffs.

The team also hopes to have Dont'a Hightower, Sebastian Vollmer, and Chandler Jones, healthy and ready.

All three attended today's walk-through.

"A lot of guys have been fighting different kinds of bumps and bruises over the season so we try to take advantage of the best we can to feel good," Brady said.

Rob Ninkovich knows what it takes to be durable. He's played in 113 consecutive games, including the playoffs, dating back to 2009.

"Everything you have, you've got to put it in the next time we play or else you won't play another game," said Rob Ninkovich, Patriots DE. "Doing it for each other."

The Patriots will play either Cincinnati, Kansas City or Houston in the AFC Playoffs on January 16. They hope this rest goes a long way after winning two of their final six games.


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