FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has returned to practice after missing two days with an unspecified knee injury.

Coach Bill Belichick declined to provide an update on Brady at his Friday morning news conference when asked if the quarterback will play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Brady did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report announced later Friday.

It’s uncertain how Brady was injured. He took a hit from the Seattle’s Kam Chancellor two weeks ago but wasn’t listed on the Patriots’ injury report heading into their game last Sunday in San Francisco, a game in which he appeared to move around without much discomfort.

“Everybody is dealing with some bumps and bruises,” Brady told reporters after practice, according to ESPN. “It’s just part of football. It’s football season and I’m not the only one dealing with them. There are a lot of guys dealing with a lot of stuff, certainly in our locker room. It’s just part of this game.”

Brady said he was unsure how much missing practice will hurt him.

“I haven’t done it in a long time. We’ll just see,” he said. “You work hard to do the best you can do, whatever it is on a given day. If you can practice, great. If you don’t have the opportunity to do it, that’s the way it goes and you have to do the best you can to get out there and help the team. Just trying to do the most I can to get out there. If I get my shot on Sunday, I’ll do the best I can do.”

Brady has missed two practices in one week just once previously in his career, according to the Boston Herald, in 2010 ahead of a Thanksgiving game against the Lions. He then went out and had a perfect passer rating against Detroit.

Tight end Martellus Bennett also practiced Friday after being limited the previous two days. He has played in all 10 games for the Patriots (8-2) this season.

Belichick said: “He’s shown good toughness. He’s been a very dependable player for us.”

There were two notable absences, according to The Boston Globe. Neither defensive end Rob Ninkovich nor rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones was spotted at Friday’s practice.. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed last week’s win over the 49ers with a chest injury, attended his third straight practice.

Wide receiver and special teams captain Matthew Slater (foot) was not spotted at practice Friday after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.


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