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Patriots injury report Wednesday: Tom Brady, Danny Aiken miss with illness

01.15.14 at 4:24 pm ET
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Tom Brady has led the Patriots to the AFC championship game for the third consecutive year. (AP)

Tom Brady has led the Patriots to the AFC championship game for the third consecutive year. (AP)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady went home sick before practice Wednesday and did not take part in the Patriots first on-field workout as they get ready for the Broncos Sunday in the AFC championship.

Coach Bill Belichick would not elaborate on Brady’s absence.

“We’€™ll talk about that when [injury report] comes out,” said Belichick, who doesn’t speak again until Friday morning. “We’€™re not going through it player by player. I’€™m not doing that. I know we’€™d love that, but I’€™m not doing that.”

Belichick did show a lighter side moments later when asked if he’s ever been surprised by anything Brady does.

“This morning,” Belichick quipped, referring apparently to his departure from the team’s complex to go home and get better.

Also missing due to illness was long snapper Danny Aiken.

Ryan Allen was back on the practice field after an MRI on his right shoulder on Sunday afternoon. Allen injured the shoulder Saturday night in the win over the Colts and did not punt in the second half. He was also replaced by Brady as the team’s holder on a pair of extra points for Stephen Gostkowski.

Devin McCourty, who had been dealing with a concussion from Dec. 22 in Baltimore, and Steve Gregory (finger) were both removed from the injury report completely.

Also new to the report this week was an ankle injury that limited linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

Here is Wednesday’s complete report:

Did Not Practice
QB Tom Brady (shoulder/illness)
LS Danny Aiken (illness)

Limited Participation
P Ryan Allen (shoulder)
WR Danny Amendola (groin)
CB Kyle Arrington (groin)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder)
LB Dane Fletcher (groin)
LB Dont’a Hightower (ankle)
OL Logan Mankins (ankle)
OT Will Svitek (ankle)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip)
RB Shane Vereen (groin)

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