FOXBOROUGH — Let the speculation begin.
There was only one notable absence during stretches prior to the New England Patriots' Thursday practice, but it was the most notable absence you could imagine. Quarterback Tom Brady was not spotted on the practice field behind Gillette Stadium during the Patriots' pre-practice stretches.
Brady was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday, so his absence comes as a bit of a surprise. We may get some answers when the team releases their injury report later today.
The only other absences at practice were cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brian Tyms, who are both serving four-game suspensions for violating the leagues substance abuse and performance-enhancing drug policies, respectively.