FOXBOROUGH – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was feeling fine after missing Wednesday's practice with an illness.
He was back at practice on Thursday and spoke to the media in his first press conference ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship.
"It was nothing," Brady said. "I feel great. Nothing at all.”
Brady said he realizes the time to prepare before Sunday's game is important, despite missing practice.
"Everything is important at this point. You've got, whatever, six, six and a half days to prepare. You're really on the clock."
Hearing his stats from his last game after missing a practice, a 57.5 quarterback passer rating against the Baltimore Ravens Jan. 22, 2012 (a 23-20 win), he was asked what kind of performance could be expected of him again and whether fans should be worried.
"That's bad," Brady said. "It needs to be better than 57. "I hope not. I hope they shouldn't be worried. But this team is going to test us. I'm going to go out there and do my best. All the preparation that we've had to this point, is a part, and going forward we have three more days to really get after it. I'm going to do my very best."