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Brady absent at Tuesday scrimmage

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For their first of two bye-week practices, the Patriots held a blue-white scrimmage on the Gillette Stadium game field on Tuesday afternoon.

Quarterback Tom Brady was not present for the session. In his absence, backup Brian Hoyer led one team, while rookie Ryan Mallett led another. While Brady was spotted on the bench with a wrap on his right arm during Sunday's game against the Cowboys, his absence at today's practice is likely just a case of the team giving him rest, rather than a true injury situation.

Brady was spotted in the locker room prior to practice, but does not have any scheduled media interviews this week. The team does not have to release an injury report during the bye week.

Also not spotted at the start of the scrimmage were defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back), cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip), linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb), and offensive tackle Matt Light, who was hobbled late in Sunday's game with an apparent leg injury. Dowling did not play in Sunday's game, while Haynesworth and Fletcher did play.

Returning to practice from the PUP list were defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick and Ron Brace, as well as running back Kevin Faulk. It was Faulk's first time practicing with the team since September of 2010.

Also practicing were safeties Sergio Brown (chest) and Josh Barrett (hamstring), wide receiver Julian Edelman (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), and linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee), who all missed Sunday's game. Barrett had a large black cast on his wrist/hand in the locker room prior to practice.

Players were in light shoulder pads and shorts/sweatpants for the scrimmage.