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Tom Brady limited in Patriots practice with a shoulder issue

The New England Patriots are 8-0. They will face their fiercest foes in challenging that undefeated thus far when they take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

For that reason, it would — obviously — be nice to have Tom Brady at 100 percent. According to the team’s latest injury report, that isn’t quite the case. The 42-year-old icon was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a right shoulder issue, marking the second time he has been hindered in practice this season.

Back in Week 4, a calf issue made him a limited participant.

Of course, it’s questionable how injured Brady is. The man is 42 years old, and with the Ravens waiting this weekend, it’s entirely possible that coach Bill Belichick wants Brady to be as rested as possible, hence holding him out of full practice.

The last time Brady appeared on the injury report — back in Week 4 — he was limited in practice on that Wednesday but was a full participant that Thursday and Friday. So, this really could be a “DNP – old” type of situation for Brady. Or, as they say in the NBA, “load management.” At least, that’s what Patriots fans are hoping for.

Brady looked just fine during last Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, completing 20 of his 36 passes for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the season, the six-time Super Bowl champion has thrown for 2,251 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 64.7 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 95.

Brady has not missed a game due to injury since 2008.