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Weekly day off? Brady misses Patriots practice

Quarterback Tom Brady didn't practice Tuesday with the New England Patriots, the Boston Herald reported.

Brady has taken off the first day of practice each of the past two weeks because of a sore foot.

During his weekly press conference, Brady was asked if preparation is more difficult during a short work week. The Patriots play the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

"Well, I think it has its physical challenges and its mental challenges," the quarterback said. "We got after it pretty good yesterday. No one is really sure what day it is around here. It doesn't feel like a Tuesday, I'll tell you that. But as football players, we adjust. We do what we've got to do. We put a lot of installation in and try to understand what they do well and what they don't do so well and try to go out there and execute well on game day."

Defensive lineman Myron Pryor returned to practice after missing the past two games because of a back problem.

Guard Stephen Neal (shoulder), defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hip) also missed practice.

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