did not practice with the New England Patriots
on Wednesday in preparation for the AFC Championship game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos
because of illness, according to multiple reports.
ESPNBoston.com reported that Brady will be good to go for the game. He said last week that he had a cold but still took every snap in the Patriots' divisional-round playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts
Backup Ryan Mallett
, the only other quarterback on the Patriots' roster, took snaps with the first-team offense and also handled the scout team. The Patriots practice twice more this week in preparation for the Broncos.
Mallett would not go into detail on Brady's absence. He learned Wednesday morning that the veteran would not practice.
"You'd have to ask Coach (Bill Belichick)," Mallett said. "I'm just doing what I'm told, doing my job."
Belichick told reporters that the team would release its injury report later Wednesday but offered no other details.
In 2011, Brady missed the Wednesday practice before the AFC Championship.
Brady and the Patriots travel to Denver for what will be a 15th meeting between Peyton Manning and the Brady-Bill Belichick Patriots.
Brady is 2-1 in head to head games against Manning in the postseason and 10-4 overall.
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