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Brady watch ends as QB returns to practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — No sniffles, no coughs, no watery eyes. Patriots fans can breathe easy now that Tom Brady is back at practice.

"Doing very well, thank you," the quarterback said Thursday.

Brady was removed from the injury report for the AFC Championship Game one day after being a no-show at practice because of illness. Teammates weren't concerned that the lost time would affect him Sunday against the Broncos.

"The most important thing is that he's healthy and that he's ready to go," RB Shane Vereen said. "He's been doing this for a long time, so he's the last one that I'm really worried about."

The 14-year veteran has been nursing a cold for a while. He showed signs of it four days before the Patriots beat the Colts 43-22 in an AFC division-round game.

Brady wouldn't say what his illness was — "It was nothing. I feel great." — and didn't think his one-day absence would set him back.

"We've been at it for a while now," he said. "I've played a lot of football over the whole season."

Harvin still not cleared: Seahawks WR Percy Harvin is still going through concussion testing and has not been cleared for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin would not practice Thursday, and his only deadline for the former Gators playmaker is the one determined by doctors.

Harvin was injured late in the first half Saturday against New Orleans when he hit his head on the turf after jumping for a pass in the end zone. It was the second big hit Harvin took in the game.

Harvin had three receptions and one carry in just his second game of the season.

Ill 49er: Pro Bowl LB Ahmad Brooks, who said he has been fighting a "severe head cold," participated in a walkthrough and was on the field for practice, but he was dressed in layers in an attempt "to sweat it out." Barring a setback, he expects to play Sunday.

Super Bowl: New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials say everything is ready for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl. All they need is an accurate weather forecast so they can focus on which contingency plan to use. The game at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands will be the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather location. Sports authority chairman Wayne Hasenbalg said he's waiting until Monday, when a seven-day forecast will give a better idea of what type of weather is expected for the beginning of Super Bowl week.

Brady watch ends as QB returns to practice 01/16/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:44pm]
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