PHOENIX Tom Brady was back where he belongs Monday, behind center for the New England Patriots' first practice session of Super Bowl week.
The NFL's Most Valuable Player missed three practices last week with a tender right ankle, which was taped for Monday's training at Arizona State in nearby Tempe. According to the Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei, the designated pool reporter, the star quarterback appeared to have a slight limp but participated in all phases of practice, including jogging the length of the field twice at the end of drills.
Coach Bill Belichick, as usual, declined to comment on injuries or elaborate on Brady's presence.
"Everybody practiced," Belichick said. "The injury report will be out Wednesday."
Brady's return from an injury sustained in the AFC championship game against San Diego was a welcome sight to receiver Wes Welker.
"Anytime the MVP of the league is back, it has to be a positive," Welker said. "He looks good the same dimples and all."
Brady talked about the ankle for the first time Sunday, shortly after arriving, and said it wouldn't be a problem for the game.
"I'm not concerned about how it's going to affect my play," he said. "This won't keep me out."
CRENNEL GETS TO 2-YEAR EXTENSION: Coach Romeo Crennel has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, his agent said Monday night.
The 60-year-old Crennel, the league's oldest coach, 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.
MOSS RESTRAINING ORDER EXTENDED: A temporary restraining order against Randy Moss was extended until March 28 while the New England Patriots wide receiver was in Arizona on Monday preparing for the Super Bowl.
Moss' lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, said the decision came at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after he learned the player's longtime friend changed attorneys. She obtained the order Jan. 14.
Rachelle Washington's new attorney is Darrell Thompson, who replaces David McGill. A spokesman for Thompson confirmed the change. McGill did not return calls.
The temporary order requires Moss to stay at least 500 feet from Washington. No criminal charge has been brought. Washington, 35, alleged they had been in an "intimate relationship" since 1997.
REX RYAN BACK WITH RAVENS: Rex Ryan is back with the Baltimore Ravens, this time with a new title.
Ryan, fired as defensive coordinator Dec. 31, was hired Monday as the team's assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. Ryan, 45, was given the position by new coach John Harbaugh, who planned to make a formal announcement at a news conference later Monday.
Ryan and the rest of the coaching staff were fired along with coach Brian Billick following a 5-11 season. The son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan coached the Ravens' defense the past three seasons.
DOLPHINS ADD MORE ASSISTANT COACHES: The Miami Dolphins hired more assistants Monday, as the team continued to fill out the staff of new coach Tony Sparano.
John Bonamego will join Miami as its special teams coordinator, George DeLeone has been named tight ends coach and David Puloka has been hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Steve Bush has been hired as offensive quality control coach.
LONDON CALLING CHARGERS-SAINTS? The San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints expect to play each other in London this fall in the NFL's second regular-season game to be played outside of North America.
Both teams said the invitation should come from commissioner Roger Goodell during his Super Bowl address on Friday.
The Saints would lose a home game.