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Brady's status unknown

The health of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady remained in question Thursday after Brady was a limited participant in practice due to a sore left shoulder.

Brady missed practice Wednesday, and the Patriots listed his absence as non-football related.

Nevertheless, both ESPN and Comcast SportsNet reported that Brady had X-rays taken Wednesday to check for a separated shoulder. He participated in practice Thursday on a limited basis because of a shoulder injury.

Brady landed hard on his left shoulder with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Miami when he was tackled by Kevin Burnett on a scramble in a 27-24 win over the Dolphins. Brady also scored on two 1-yard keepers.

Were the Patriots fibbing on their injury report Wednesday? Bills coach Chan Gailey was not worked up about the issue after practice Thursday.

"Well, he must be sick," Gailey said sympathetically, in reference to Brady's absence Wednesday.

Brady was one of 17 Patriots listed as participating on a limited basis, meaning only that a player took part in fewer than 100 percent of his normal repetitions. He loosened up and ran with his teammates at the start of the practice while reporters were allowed to watch.

New England starting guard Logan Mankins and starting tackle Sebastian Vollmer both did not practice for a second day and are likely out.

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Gailey said after practice that receiver Brad Smith is not expected to play against the Patriots on Sunday.

"It looks like he's not going to make it," Gailey said. "We're holding out hope, but I just don't see how he can. He's got a hamstring that just won't go away."

Veteran Derek Hagan, who has caught six passes in the past three games, will pick up most of Smith's snaps at wideout opposite Stevie Johnson. The only other Bills to sit out practice Thursday were linemen Demetrius Bell and Kraig Urbik, both of whom are out.

email: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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The Bills playlist

What the players are listening to on their iPods.

Marcus Easley

Artist: J. Col

Songs:

Too Deep For The Intro
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