What's this? Tom Brady's throwing shoulder is a bit dinged up?
It's probably nothing significant, but the New England Patriots listed their star quarterback as having been limited in Wednesday's practice, because of an unspecified "right shoulder" injury.
The Patriots play the Bills Sunday in Buffalo in an AFC East showdown. Buffalo is 2-1, tied atop the division with the New York Jets. New England is 1-2, under .500 for the first time in nine years.
By NFL rules, teams are obligated to inform the league whenever a player is limited in practice because of an injury.
On Wednesday, the Pats listed Brady among six players who had "limited participation in practice" due to injury. Per protocol, the injury associated to Brady is listed as nothing more than "right shoulder."
It might well be insignificant. Brady conducted his usual interview session Wednesday with local reporters, and showed no sign of any ailment, nor did he mention being injured or limited in any way.
"It's a very tough place to play," Brady said of the big game in Buffalo. "I think we have to, I said the other day, dig ourselves out of a bit of a hole that we kind of put ourselves into. We're sitting here at 1-2 and looking up at Buffalo and the Jets.
"We lost up there last year, so we have to go out there and try to play better than we've been playing."
For the Bills, meanwhile, running back Fred Jackson practised on a limited basis for the first time since spraining his right knee in the opener. Thursday's practice should determine whether he can play against New England.
On Monday he said there was a "70 to 75% chance" that he would.
After Wednesday's practice, Jackson said, "Yeah, I got some good work in ... There were some things I liked, but there was a lot of stuff I need to work on, too. It is a good thing we have a week. We will see how it goes."
C.J. Spiller averaged more than nine yards per carry while filling in for Jackson as starter, before hurting his shoulder Sunday in Cleveland.
Spiller did not practise Wednesday, "but we are hoping we will get him maybe a few reps by the end of the week," head coach Chan Gailey said.
Spiller said "it is too early right now" to speak as to whether he would play Sunday.
"If I feel I can go out there and give my team everything I got at a high level that I was doing before I got injured, then of course I will," Spiller said. "But I'm not going to do anything that is going to hurt me or this team by trying to get out there and not play at 100%, so we will see."