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Brady indicated that he and the Patriots' other key healthy players could see extended action in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports. "Coach told us we're going to get a lot of work," Brady said Wednesday after practice. "What that means, I don't know. I don't think anyone ever knows with him. But we'll be prepared and ready to go for 60 minutes and hopefully it's a good 60 minutes."

While Brady's reps Friday, however many he sees, will be of the tune-up variety, there will be some intrigue with regard to the team's backup QB pecking order, with Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo still jostling for the No. 2 slot on the team's depth chart.

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Brady completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards with a touchdown and a pick in Friday's preseason win over the Eagles.

While the interception was returned for a TD, the play can at least be partly attributed to a miscommunication on a route between Brady and recently-signed reserve tight end Steve Maneri. Brady, who sat out the team's preseason opener last week, otherwise looked sharp in the contest. As he approaches the coming season, Brady is healthy, as are key passing targets Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Once wideout Aaron Dobson and star TE Rob Gronkowski return to the mix, Brady will benefit from working with a solid and deep pass-catching corps that also includes the likes of Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell, though at this stage it's unclear what can be expected from Gronkowski out of the gate.

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Brady's teammate, Ryan Mallett, is in line to start Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins, the Boston Herald reports.

Brady has looked sharp in team drills against the Redskins (during the two squad's joint practices) this week, with the report noting that the veteran QB completed 60-of-80 passes in the process. Meanwhile, Mallett is having a strong training camp, which solidifies his standing as Brady's top backup, assuming the Patriots elect to hold on to him, rather than entertain the notion of dealing him, with second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo now also in the team's QB mix.

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Brady looked sharp during Monday's joint practice with the Redskins, the Boston Herald reports.

The report notes that the 37-year-old signal-caller completed 27-of-33 passes during team drills Monday and while practice numbers don't carry a lot of weight, it's nonetheless encouraging that at this stage of training camp, Brady is healthy and getting in productive reps. With a wideout corps that includes Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins, Brandon LaFell and Aaron Dobson (once he returns from a foot injury), Brady heads into the season with a solid set of pass-catchers, in particular if star tight end Rob Gronkowski is available (as hoped) to start the season.

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Private quarterback coach Tom House is working to correct accuracy and deep-ball issues with Tom Brady.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes Tom Brady has a "lot of play left."

"The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains, people look up to him," Kraft said. Kraft went on to say he hopes second-round QB Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't get a chance to play for a "long, long time." Brady looked human in 2013, but the Pats' young skill players were at least partly to blame. Brady turns 37 in August.

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36-year-old Tom Brady said he feels physically better now than when he was 25.

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Tom Brady completed 24-of-38 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for a second score as New England fell to Denver 26-16 in Sunday's AFC Championship game.

Brady blew a huge first-quarter vertical strike opportunity on a bad overthrow intended for Julian Edelman, who got wide open on a slot route that developed deep down the left sideline. The Pats tried to attack Denver's defense with a pass-happy approach, for which OC Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick may receive hindsight criticism this week after all of LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley's recent success. This loss was squarely on Tom Terrific's shoulders, as Brady blew yet another shot-play chance at the end of the first half, missing an open Austin Collie so badly the ball fell incomplete out of bounds. Brady's lone passing touchdown of the 2013-2014 playoffs wound up going to Edelman to "narrow" the deficit to 23-10 in the fourth quarter. Although Brady's depleted supporting cast deserves plenty of blame, his accuracy beyond ten yards has declined noticeably and significantly the past two seasons. Now going on age 37, Brady will be a lower-end QB1 pick in 2014 fantasy

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Tom Brady (illness) has been removed from the Patriots injury report.

Brady returned to a full practice Thursday after being held out Wednesday with an illness and a right shoulder issue. The fact that the Patriots removed him from the injury report confirms he'll be all systems go for the AFC Championship game.

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Tom Brady (illness) returned to the Patriots facility Thursday and is expected to practice.

Brady is just dealing with a little cold and will be fine for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos. The shoulder "injury" is a non-issue. Brady has the most wins in playoff history with 18. The Patriots have been to eight AFC Championship games in Brady's 12 years.