The Patriots did not practice on Wednesday, which means they only estimate how much a player would have participated. And on the injury report, they estimated that Tom Brady, listed as "questionable," would not have practiced at all.
There are six other players listed as questionable by New England, including guard Stephen Neal and RB Fred Taylor, but obviously Brady is the big story.
For years now, Brady has been listed as "probable" on the Patriots' injury reports with a shoulder injury. But beginning Nov. 10, in the week leading up to the Steelers game, a foot injury has appeared alongside Brady's name.
Prior to both the Steelers and Colts games, Brady sat out Wednesday's practice and was limited in Thursday's, but on both occasions, was listed as "probable" before Sunday's games. Now that he's considered questionable, it has some concerned about his availability against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, including the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young.
with Brady questionable designation, have to wonder if short week is issue...heavy dose of Hoyer tomorrow?
Additionally, Michael Holley, co-host the Dale & Holley show on WEEI, is openly speculating that Brady will not play against the Lions.
Maybe -- maybe -- because of the short week, Brady simply has not had enough time to test his foot and work through the injury. But personally, I don't see how he misses Thursday's game. A couple other opinions on the status of the quarterback as we all slowly step back from the ledge:
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss: "I'd be shocked if Brady does not play."
Boston Globe's Greg A. Bedard: When asked how much we'd see back-up QB Brian Hoyer, "None, unless there's a rout."
Probably not worth losing sleep, but maybe something to keep an eye on.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Tom Brady QB Right Shoulder/Foot (DNP)
Stephen Neal G Shoulder (DNP)
Jarrad Page S Calf (LP)
Myron Pryor NT Back (LP)
Fred Taylor RB Toe (LP)
Jonathan Wilhite CB Hip (DNP)
Mike Wright DL Neck/Concussion (DNP)