Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots' Tom Brady misses practice Wednesday

New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady missed practice on Wednesday because of an illness.

However, according to a source ESPN Boston, Brady will be “good and ready” when the Patriots travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in Sunday afternoon’s AFC Championship game.

Asked about Brady in his news conference, Bill Belichick would say only that the team would release its first injury report later Wednesday.

In a lighthearted moment, Belichick, when asked to recall the last time Brady surprised him, replied, “This morning.”

What was it that surprised him?

“We’ll keep that between Tom and I,” Belichick said.

Brady admitted that he was fighting cold last and although he did not throw a touchdown the Patriots 43-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round Saturday night, he didn’t appear to show any effects of a cold. He was 13-of-25 for 198 yards.

Despite losing Wes Welker to the Broncos, Aaron Hernandez to jail and Rob Gronkowski to another injury, this time a torn ACL, Brady has the Patriots in the AFC Championship for the eighth time since taking over as quarterback in 2001.

The Patriots and Broncos will kick off at 3:00 pm EST Sunday.

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