FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right hand injury.
According to New England's first injury report of the week, Brady was a limited participant in the practice held earlier in the day.
It was the Patriots' first practice in preparation for Sunday's conference title game against Jacksonville. Defensive lineman Alan Branch and running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead also were limited by knee injuries.
Brady appeared on the Patriots' weekly injury report several times during the latter half of the regular season with both an Achilles tendon and left shoulder injury.
The 40-year-old has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.
---
For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Spread Already Moving in Super Bowl LIII Shortly after the betting odds were released for Super Bowl LIII, bettors started hammering the New England Patriots, causing the point spread to jump the...
Thumbnail Chiefs vs. Patriots Spread Prediction The Patriots will play in their eighth consecutive AFC Championship when they visit the Chiefs at 6:40 p.m. ET on Sunday. Will they punch their ticket to...
Thumbnail Patriots vs. Chiefs Total Prediction While it’s not expected to be as cold at Arrowhead Stadium as some of the earlier reports indicated, will the weather still impact the total for Sunday’s AFC...
Thumbnail Saints vs. Rams Spread Prediction The Rams are one win away from advancing to the Super Bowl for the first time since moving back to L.A. from St. Louis. Standing in their way are the Saints, who...
Thumbnail Rams vs. Saints Total Prediction Following a low-scoring game at the Superdome a week ago between the Saints and Eagles, will the NFC Championship Game this afternoon between New Orleans and the...