AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady back at practice

Last Updated: 19/01/14 8:07pm

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Tom Brady: Missed practice for the first time this season

Tom Brady: Missed practice for the first time this season

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Tom Brady has eased fears over his fitness after returning to practice ahead of New England's AFC Championship showdown with Denver.

The Patriots quarterback missed training on Wednesday after reportedly being laid low by a flu virus, while the team also listed Brady has having a shoulder problem on their injury report.

But the 36-year-old, who has led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles, took part in Thursday's practice session and is expected to be passed fit to take on long-time rival Peyton Manning at the Mile High Stadium on Sunday.

Brady has thrown for fewer than 200 yards in each of the last three games, but New England's resurgent running game - now led by LeGarrette Blount - has earned them a shot at the Broncos.

The return of Brady after missing his first practice session of the season was complimented by the Patriots having a 100% attendance at Thursday's training.

Long-snapper Danny Aiken also returned following a bout of illness, while punter Ryan Allen trained after recovering from the shoulder injury that forced him out of Saturday's divisional round victory over Indianapolis.

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson practiced on Wednesday for the first time in two weeks, and he is expected to regain his starting place ahead of Kenbrell Thompkins.

Dobson suffered a foot injury during the final game of the regular season and did not recover in time to play against the Colts last weekend.

Don't miss this Sunday's Conference Championship showdowns LIVE on Sky. Coverage of Denver v New England starts at 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1

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