NFL Notebook: Brady questionable for Sunday

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed Friday's practice because of an undisclosed illness and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lines up a pass during the second half of a Dec. 13 game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Photo by Troy Taorini - USA Today Sports)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed Friday’s practice because of an undisclosed illness and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Even though Brady is officially questionable on the team’s injury report Friday, the Patriots expect him to make the start, according to multiple reports.

If Brady’s illness takes a turn for the worse, the Patriots would turn to Jimmy Garoppolo.

Brady has not missed a game since the final week of the 2008 regular season, which was the last of 15 games he missed after tearing his ACL in the season opener.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski and center Bryan Stork missed Friday’s practice but neither was absent for injury-related reasons. They are both listed as probable to play.


-- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had a slight setback because of soreness in his left foot after two straight days of practice.

Manning was held out of Friday’s practice as he recovers from a torn plantar fascia near his left heel. The 39-year-old veteran said his foot was sore when arrived at the Broncos’ facility.

“We just said let’s stop for the weekend and go from there,” head coach Gary Kubiak said after practice. “He will make the trip and be part of everything we are doing, be on the sidelines or the press box. I imagine it would be on the sidelines. ... We’ll pick back up Monday.”

Manning had played the role of scout-team quarterback this week as Brock Osweiler continued to get the first-team reps with the offense. Osweiler, who is 3-1 with Manning sidelined, will make his fifth consecutive start for the Broncos.

Manning won’t be active for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Kubiak declined to address who will be the starter when the Broncos host the Cincinnati Bengals for a Monday night game on Dec. 28.

-- Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been cleared to play and cornerback Charles Tillman will return to action as the team attempts to remain unbeaten on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Olsen injured his left knee in last week’s 38-0 drubbing of the Atlanta Falcons. He sat out a practice early in the week but was a full participant on Friday and was listed as probable.

Olsen, who has played in 139 consecutive games, has 65 receptions for 969 yards this season.


Tillman has missed the last four games due to a knee injury. His return is timely as cornerback Bene Menwikere suffered a season-ending fractured leg against the Falcons.

-- Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields was ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders after he did not clear the concussion protocol, head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Shields suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

Rookie cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins will see more action during the game, McCarthy said.

-- Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon is listed as doubtful with a knee injury for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Yeldon sprained a ligament in his left knee last Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. The injury prevented him from practicing but the Jaguars haven’t yet ruled him out of the contest.

Third-year pro Denard Robinson has received the first-team practice workload and is in line to make his first start of the season.

-- Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is listed as probable and he is expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.


Jackson injured his left knee in last week’s game against the Chicago Bears and sat out a practice earlier in the week. He has been a limited participant each of the past two days and was reported to be running well on Friday.

-- Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Chancellor suffered a pelvis injury in last Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Pete Carroll described Chancellor as “pretty sore” earlier in the week.

Safety Deshawn Shead (ankle) is also listed as questionable.

-- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was ruled out for Saturday night’s game against the New York Jets because of a concussion.

McClain took part in the walkthroughs Tuesday through Thursday but did not practice during the week. McClain missed the first four games of the season because of a suspension. He has 63 tackles and one sack in nine games this season.

Anthony Hitchens will replace McClain at middle linebacker.

The Jets upgraded punter returner/wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (bruised calf) to probable.

-- The Jets placed wide receiver Devin Smith on injured reserve and signed linebacker Taiwan Jones from the practice squad to the active roster.

Smith suffered an ACL tear during the third quarter of last Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans. The second-round rookie out of Ohio State had nine receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown before his injury.

-- Indianapolis Colts Matt Hasselbeck is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, head coach Chuck Pagano said.

Pagano confirmed Hasselbeck will get the start after leaving the previous two games with injuries.

The 40-year-old Hasselbeck returned to practice Thursday after he aggravated his injured ribs in last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

-- The Buffalo Bills expect to have standout defensive end Mario Williams on the field but will be missing at least four other players when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

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