Eight Patriots did not practice today, four of them the players who showed up late to a meeting this morning and one of them a player who had not previously missed a single practice this year -- quarterback Tom Brady.
On the official report, the reason for Tom Brady not practicing is listed as "right shoulder/right finger." For those who did not show up on time, the reason is listed as "not injury related." Not to look too far into those semantics, but if Brady had missed practice to attend to his newborn son, the official reason should have been "not injury related."
In his press conference today, Brady laid down the law about his teammates showing commitment to one another. Given his tone, it seems unreasonable to think he would have shown up for his press conference and then missed practice for any reason other than the coaches holding him out.
No matter his sitting out of practice, my feeling is that Brady's finger injury still isn't that serious. He was asked about his finger on the way out of his press conference today and said, "It's hanging in there." He shook a few hands in accepting congrats on the birth of his son, and he didn't seem terribly worried about his finger.
UPDATE (5:04): One point I overlooked: Tackle Sebastian Vollmer is not listed at all on the report. If he can return this week, that would be a great sign.
Here is the full report from practice:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Brady, Tom QB Right Shoulder / Right Finger
Burgess, Derrick LB Not Injury Related
Guyton, Gary LB Not Injury Related
Moss, Randy WR Not Injury Related
Pryor, Myron DL Chest
Taylor, Fred RB Ankle
Thomas, Adalius LB Not Injury Related
Warren, Ty DE Ankle
Aiken, Sam WR Shoulder
Banta-Cain, Tully LB Shoulder
Edelman, Julian WR Forearm
Green, Jarvis DE Knee
Kaczur, Nick T Ankle
Neal, Stephen G Ankle
Ninkovich, Rob LB Knee