By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
PHOENIX, Jan. 28 -- Quarterback Tom Brady participated in the New England Patriots' practice Monday.
The practice wasn't in full pads, but it marked Brady's return after he sat out two practices last week in Foxborough, Mass. He hurt his right ankle in the AFC title game.
"He was out there like everybody else," Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said.
Brady was not among the six Patriots players made available to reporters Monday. He said Sunday he would play in Super Bowl XLII.
According to a pool report, Brady had his ankle taped but participated in all phases of the practice. He appeared to have a slight limp but jogged the length of the field twice at the end of drills.
Brady reportedly has a mild high ankle sprain. The Patriots' practice took place at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe and lasted 1 hour 40 minutes.
The team's toughest practices of the week will come Wednesday and Thursday.Super Security Ready
The Super Bowl has been classified as a level one national security event by the Department of Homeland Security, allowing federal agencies to bring in manpower from other areas of the country.
Officials said Monday that, in addition to agencies using all their local resources, approximately 200 FBI agents and 100 ATF agents have been brought in from other areas to assist. More than 50 public safety agencies have been involved in coordinating security efforts, officials said, and the NFL hired more than 3,000 private security guards and 30 security experts.
"In this world we live in, deterrence is extremely important, and the deterrence at this event is extremely strong," said Milt Ahlerich, the NFL's vice president of security.
Officials said the planning for the security measures at the game has been in the works for more than two years. There will be a no-fly zone around the University of Phoenix Stadium, where the game is being played, and officials urged fans to arrive early at the game because of security procedures at the gates that will include pat-downs.
But security coordinators also said they've done their best to avoid having their measures be overly intrusive to fans.
Ahlerich said: "We've tried to keep a balance. We hope our fans will come in and enjoy the game after they pass through security . . . We want to fade into the background and not be what the fans think about and worry about. They will be safe. We're very confident of that."Moss Court Order Extended
Wide receiver Randy Moss remained in the Phoenix area Monday with the Patriots and did not attend a hearing in a Florida court related to a woman's battery allegation against him. Moss was not required to attend the hearing.
Attorneys for Moss and the woman agreed to extend a temporary restraining order against Moss until March 28, the Associated Press reported. No criminal charges have been brought in the case. . . .
Coach Romeo Crennel has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, his agent said last night.
Crennel had two years remaining on the five-year deal he signed with the Browns in 2005. His agent, Joe Linta, said the sides have agreed in principle to the extension but that it has not yet been signed.