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Tom Brady shrugs off knee injury, sickness leading into game vs. Jets

Ryan Hannable
November 25, 2018 - 5:16 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The week leading into Sunday's game against the Jets probably didn't go as Tom Brady would have liked.

The 41-year-old was limited in Wednesday's practice with a knee injury and then missed Friday's altogether due to the knee injury along with an illness.

Of course, it didn't keep him off the field for Sunday's 27-13 win where Brady went 20-for-31 passing with 283 yards and two touchdowns.

“I prefer to be healthy and practice all the time," Brady said. "It just wasn’t the case, so just get back at it right now and try and feel as good as I can for next week.”

Brady also suffered a cut on his throwing hand in the first half, but he said it wasn't a big deal.

“It’s fine," he said. "Just a little scrape.”

One of the biggest plays of the game was his first touchdown pass -- a 34-yard strike to Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter over the middle of the field. This was Gronkowski's first game since Week 8 against the Bills.

“Those are certain ones where Gronk is probably the only tight end in the league that can make that play," he said.

Brady added: “Gronk did a great job running up the field. I saw him run by the middle linebacker and I saw the corner squeeze in and I threw it. I didn’t really see the end of the play. I heard the cheering and I wasn’t really sure if they intercepted it, or we made the play. I was so happy Gronk made it. What a great play for him and he’s a great player for us.”

With the win, the Patriots improve to 8-3 on the year and still remain in a good position when it comes to making a late season run towards the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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