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Tom Brady skips practice with calf injury

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs as he speaks to reporters before team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is nursing a calf injury that forced him to miss practice for New England's opener Sunday at Miami.

The Patriots announced the reason for the quarterback's absence Thursday in their daily participation and injury report. He was the only player added to the team's first report of the week that was issued Wednesday. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive linemen Michael Buchanan, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday.

Coach Bill Belichick did not meet with reporters Thursday.

Brady appeared in good spirits at his weekly meeting with reporters Wednesday morning before that day's practice.

Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots' second-round draft choice, is the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster.

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