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Harrison returns to practice

Veteran safety Rodney Harrison returned to practice Friday after missing the last five games with a broken shoulder blade. Harrison sustained the injury three defensive plays into the Patriots 27-20 loss to the Colts on Nov. 5.

Harrison suffered the injury tackling Indianapolis wideout Marvin Harrison. He fell hard on his right shoulder, and took a few seconds to get up before leaving the field. His return to the game was initially listed as 'probable,' though he has not practiced, played, or been seen in the locker room since.

In his Wednesday press conference, quarterback Tom Brady said that Harrison has remained a leader for the Patriots since sustaining the injury.

"Definitely," said Brady. "He's as supportive as anybody. He's what this team has been made of. He's like Troy Brown and Daniel [Graham] and all the other great leaders that we have. There is a certain style about those guys that allows them to be motivated, energized and that's why guys make it here and that's why some guys don't make it here. You have to bring it every day. Those guys do, and that's why they're great leaders on this team."

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