Tom Brady hands off during practice as Andrew Walter (16) looks on. (Bill Greene / Globe Staff Photos)
FOXBOROUGH – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is present for the start of today’s practice, colleague Christopher L. Gasper reports.
The Patriots are currently working out on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium. Reporters primarily saw Brady, who suffered what the team termed a "sore shoulder" against Washington on Friday night, handing the ball off. There was no throwing.
Per Patriots policy, reporters are allowed to attend the start of practice, which includes individual drills and stretching. Once more rigorous team drills begin, reporters leave the field. The policy adds important context when considering Brady's status, as players could potentially leave the field when reporters depart, or have their work limited.
Yet Brady's presence, regardless of his workload, has to be considered a positive sign.
Updated at 1:42 p.m. -- In non-Brady news, running back Sammy Morris, wearing a red non-contact jersey, appeared at practice for the first time since Aug. 11. Rookie cornerback Darius Butler was also clad in a red non-contract jersey for the practice, which was being held in shorts and light shoulder pads.
Here are the missing players from the media portion of practice, not including rookie linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
WR Wes Welker
WR Julian Edelman
CB Terrence Wheatley
CB Shawn Springs
RB Laurence Maroney
TE David Thomas
C Dan Connolly
DL Myron Pryor
LB Shawn Crable
DL Mike Wright
OL Mark LeVoir (physically unable to perform list)
WR Brandon Tate (non-football injury list)