Brady looks fine in workout

ROB LONGLEY and Sun wire services

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

So much for Tom Brady's bum ankle.

The Patriots released their team injury report late yesterday and Brady's name was included. But rather than mentioning the ankle he has been nursing all week, he was listed as probable with a sore left shoulder.

The shoulder bit is a piece of humour from the New England camp -- he has been listed that way for every game this season but hasn't missed a snap.

The ankle was thought to be more serious, however, especially after paparazzi spotted him in New York with a protective boot the day after New England won the AFC Championship.

Of greater substance, Brady participated fully yesterday in his club's two-hour practice, the key day in which the team would have introduced its game plan for Super Bowl XLII on Sunday. According to pool reporter Dan Pompeii, the only member of the media allowed to watch, Brady participated without a limp and moved well.

HAPPY COACH

Count New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan among those impressed with the personality transplant of head coach Tom Coughlin.

"He really has changed," Strahan said yesterday of the notorious sourpuss. "He's smiling. He uses the word 'fun' and 'enjoyment' and it blows my mind when I hear it.

"The first year he was here I said I have to play but after that I have to leave. I said: 'I can't play with that man, he's crazy.'

"But he has come around."

NOT-SO-HAPPY COACH

Mike McCarthy was named the NFL Coach of the Year yesterday after guiding the Green Bay Packers to a 13-3 record and within one game of the Super Bowl.

McCarthy received the award in Phoenix, site of Super Bowl XLII. He conceded he had bittersweet feelings.

"It's a little bitter when you get off the plane this morning walking through the Phoenix airport and you see all the Super Bowl signs," McCarthy told reporters.

LT SKIPS PRO BOWL

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson withdrew from the Pro Bowl yesterday, paving the way for Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee to receive his first appearance in the game.


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