INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is helped off the ground after being tackled by the New York Giants in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Tom Brady Aggravated Shoulder Injury During Super Bowl

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady aggravated a shoulder injury when he was sacked by Justin Tuck in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Tom Brady's Shoulder Injury Flared Up In The Super Bowl, According To Report

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI and it sounds like Brady was playing in some pain. Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Brady aggravated a previous shoulder sprain when he was sacked by Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck during the Super Bowl.

Brady suffered the injury during the regular season and it cost him a little bit of practice time. Same goes for the week leading up to the AFC Championship game against the Ravens.

On the play in question -- video of it is here -- you can tell Brady's right shoulder takes a pretty clean shot and then the shoulder in question on the left side has a few hundred pounds driving it into the ground. He's a little slow to get up and looks like a guy that just took a big hit.

Shortly after that play, backup QB Brian Hoyer started warming up before Brady told him to sit back down. Considering his prior history with the injury, it makes sense that Brady would be in a lot of pain. He ended the game completing seven of his last 17 passes.

The injury isn't anything long term -- it's just a sprain. So he's good to go this offseason.

For more on the Patriots, check out SB Nation's Pats Pulpit.

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Tom Brady Checked By Trainers After Justin Tuck Sack

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appeared to be dinged up after getting sacked by Justin Tuck midway through the third quarter. Tuck was able to sack the Patriots quarterback and it looked like Brady jammed his left shoulder on the tackle. Watch the play below and note Brady's left shoulder:

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It was a hard hit but it didn't look too out of the ordinary.

What really scared some of Patriots nation was that backup quarterback Brian Hoyer started warming up on the sidelines shortly after that. Luckily for New Engalnd that only listed a couple of minutes and he sat back down.

Brady was being examined by trainers on the sideline and it looks like he was just dinged up and not seriously injured. He was rotating his left shoulder so that's where the problem is. He's had a left shoulder injury in recent weeks so this likely has something to do with that.

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog,Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding Super Bowl XLVI, please stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated Super Bowl hub.

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Tom Brady's Injury Explained: Shoulder Is Issue Of Pain Control

The New England Patriots are gearing up to host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raised some eyebrows and no small amount of concern when it was announced that he had missed Wednesday's practice.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported on Friday that Brady sat out the practice in order to mitigate the pain he is experiencing as a result of a sprain in his left shoulder. The missed practice is part of the schedule the Patriots have set up for the quarterback in order to ensure that his shoulder will continue to heal properly.

Brady's injury occurred in New England's December 24 game against the Miami Dolphins, but has not missed any game time since then. He is expected to play all of Sunday's game.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to the 2012 AFC Championship, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down, Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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Tom Brady's Injury Not Expected To Keep Him Out Of Thursday's Practice

The quarterback drama in the NFL continues but this time around it's good news for the New England Patriots. Tom Brady missed Wednesday's practice with a left shoulder injury but head coach Bill Belichick indicated he's likely to return to practice on Thursday.

The Boston Herald asked Brady about missing Wednesday's practice and he said, "It's not the first practice I've missed."

Brady suffered a left shoulder injury several weeks ago that's cost him a little bit of practice time but he hasn't missed a game and no one expects him to miss Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. Brady hasn't missed a game since the 2008 season in which he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The Patriots are favored over the Ravens in New England which is a good sign that the oddsmakers aren't concerned about Brady's injury.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to the 2012 AFC Championship, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down, Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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Tom Brady Misses Patriots Practice; Aaron Hernandez Returns

There's quarterback drama in the NFL. Joe Flacco is dealing with some criticism he took from Ed Reed. Eli Manning is sick. And now Tom Brady is not present at the start of practice. The New England Patriots practiced on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens and Brady was absent, according to media reports.

The Boston Herald points out that Brady talked to the press earlier on Wednesday, and he didn't appear to be injured following last weekend's game against the Denver Broncos, so it's likely nothing more than a rest day for the Patriots quarterback.

Brady had a shoulder injury earlier in the season, which NFL Network's Albert Breer noted was a "pain control" thing. It's unclear if that injury and Brady's absence are related. The Patriots will release an official participation report on Wednesday afternoon. The media only views a portion of the practice.

Returning to the practice field is TE Aaron Hernandez, who suffered a head injury last weekend. It appears he'll be good to go on Sunday.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to the 2012 AFC Championship, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down, Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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