Thomas inactive, Brady active for Patriots

BY foxsports • December 17, 2009

New England Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas is inactive after being sent home Wednesday for reporting late to work.

Wide receiver Randy Moss and linebackers Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton were active Sunday against the Carolina Panthers even though coach Bill Belichick also sent them home for tardiness Wednesday. Thomas was the only one who criticized the decision at length.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was active after being listed as questionable with finger, rib and shoulder injuries. Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was inactive for the second straight week with a broken finger, while defensive end Tyler Brayton, who had started all 12 games, was inactive with a concussion.

For the Patriots, No. 3 wide receiver Sam Aiken, who caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from Brady last Sunday, was inactive with a shoulder injury, while starting guard Stephen Neal has an ankle injury and was inactive for the third time in four weeks.

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