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Tom Brady will not play tonight

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Tom Brady will sit out the Patriots’ preseason game against the Eagles tonight.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has decided to sit Brady and a number of other starters, the Boston Herald reports. Belichick has generally been conservative with Brady in the preseason, so the decision isn’t a big surprise.

The Patriots will fly to Tampa tomorrow and practice with the Buccaneers this week before playing against them in their third game of the preseason on Friday night. Brady and most starters will likely be back on the field for that game and then sit out the preseason finale on Wednesday, August 29.

Brian Hoyer is expected to get the start at quarterback for the Patriots, with Ryan Mallett seeing plenty of playing time as well.

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  1. geniusfan says: Aug 20, 2012 5:43 PM

    The Patriots having three games in 10 days is beyond ridiculous.

    What were the schedule makers thinking?

  2. mattwalshvideo says: Aug 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    Translation: Our O-line is in shambles right now and the David Beckham wannabe doesn’t want his vag hurt.

  3. cylondetector says: Aug 20, 2012 5:45 PM

    Player safety, Roger?

    Why 3 games in 10 days?

    Fraud.

  4. dogluverssuck says: Aug 20, 2012 5:46 PM

    Must be nice deciding when play conservative at the expense of the paying fans.

    They should get a full refund.

  5. dogluverssuck says: Aug 20, 2012 5:47 PM

    That Wide9 must be scary.

  6. eaglesfan247 says: Aug 20, 2012 5:47 PM

    Of course hes sitting do you want Brady getting killed against this d-line in a preseason game.

  7. superseahawk says: Aug 20, 2012 5:48 PM

    At this point in his career, I can’t imagine the preseason will really make or break Brady.

  8. folkcrusader says: Aug 20, 2012 5:49 PM

    Translation: I’d really like to peddle one of these backups so I better get them some face time on national TV.

  9. dlc618 says: Aug 20, 2012 5:52 PM

    I hate pre season…waste of time and money

  10. chazzmon says: Aug 20, 2012 5:53 PM

    There’s no reason for him to be out there. Good move. I’d like to see what Mallett can do.

  11. seanx40 says: Aug 20, 2012 5:57 PM

    I think every coach should tell their stars to show up 10 days before the start of the seasons. There is no reason for them to be there before then. The amount of injuries so far in exhibition season have been absurd and pointless.

  12. eaglesfan036 says: Aug 20, 2012 6:04 PM

    What moron did the preseason schedule. Eagles play today and Friday, but they play the Browns on Friday who they play week 1 of the regular season so they can’t show them anything or play the starters like usual week 3 procedure. And now I learned that the Patriots have to play 3 games in 10 days.

  13. NancyNancy says: Aug 20, 2012 6:05 PM

    Announcing this right before the game…sounds like Belichick and the rest of them are “skittish”, to use Tommy Kelly’s words. What a waste of time.

  14. playmaker21 says: Aug 20, 2012 6:08 PM

    I tend to agree with those that have already stated the obvious. Brady was hit and was on the run a lot against the Saints in the Patriots first preseason game. That offensive line in New England is nowhere near the level it has been the past decade or so. Belichick is protecting his investment (Tom Brady) tonight against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL tonight. And if you’re going to rest Brady, you might as well rest the other stars on offense and get ready for the non-existant pass rush from the Bucs Friday night.

  15. skleech22 says: Aug 20, 2012 6:11 PM

    I can’t believe a Patriot fan is complaining about the schedule??? When the schedule makers always reserve the games in the Patriots favor. Like playing 5 out of the last 8 games after their bye,at home,down the playoff stretch and in the cold weather. Their schedule is always easy and convenient for them for a playoff run. Bobby paying out the big bucks!!!!!

  16. flash1283 says: Aug 20, 2012 6:25 PM

    skleech22 says:
    Aug 20, 2012 6:11 PM
    I can’t believe a Patriot fan is complaining about the schedule??? When the schedule makers always reserve the games in the Patriots favor. Like playing 5 out of the last 8 games after their bye,at home,down the playoff stretch and in the cold weather. Their schedule is always easy and convenient for them for a playoff run. Bobby paying out the big bucks!!!!!

     —-

    I can’t believe there are “football fans” who still don’t under stand how the NFL scheduling works.!

    Get a clue!

  17. bucsfan5000 says: Aug 20, 2012 6:32 PM

    I wish he wasn’t playing Friday.

  18. geniusfan says: Aug 20, 2012 6:33 PM

    “That offensive line in New England is nowhere near the level it has been the past decade or so.”

    You probably don’t know the Patriots very well but Mankins and Vollmer weren’t playing against the Saints and they both are expected to be ready to play week one in Nashville.

    And if Waters does come back ( I think he will but it’s just a guess) then I think they’re offensive line is actually in better shape then it was when it was Nick Kaczur Stephen Neal Russ Hochstein etc. I think Light was a tough loss but despite Solder’s first preseason game I have a lot of faith in him.

    Brady almost always sits out one game in the preseason. And when you consider the fact that they fly to Tampa mere hours after the game to have joint practices with the Bucs to get ready for their “dress rehearsal” game four nights from now I think this makes a ton of sense.

  19. youalldrinkhaterade says: Aug 20, 2012 6:50 PM

    I get it, 3 games in 10 days, stupid schedule maker, blah blah blah…the truth? Brady would have gotten sacked, knocked down or been running for his life the entire time he was in

  20. mccourty1sland says: Aug 20, 2012 6:57 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 20, 2012 5:44 PM
    Translation: Our O-line is in shambles right now and the David Beckham wannabe doesn’t want his vag hurt.

    ________________________________________

    Translation: I spent the time to make this screen name solely to bash a guy who I am jealous of. Come on bro… And, David Beckham very well may wanna be a Tom wanna be!!!

    Anywho, I am more excited to watch the defense in the pre season. Not concerned about our O in the least.

  21. jh500 says: Aug 20, 2012 6:58 PM

    dont blame him. eagles are out for blood

  22. mykelane says: Aug 20, 2012 7:01 PM

    Don’t be Scared….btw Eagles play 3 games in 11 days.

  23. kinggeorgexii says: Aug 20, 2012 7:04 PM

    Belichick 1
    ESPN 0

    I love it.

  24. kinglos says: Aug 20, 2012 7:08 PM

    IF I HAD TO GO AGAINST THE EAGLES defense line i will sit him to just say they scared he will get run over

  25. geniusfan says: Aug 20, 2012 7:09 PM

    “Brady would have gotten sacked, knocked down or been running for his life the entire time he was in”

    Like last year? The Patriots battered the Eagles 38-20 and that’s when Babin was healthy.

    I know how jealous all of you Patriots haters are but Belichick is a lot smarter than you he knows what’s best for his team. Not to mention he’s gotten the Patriots to as much Super Bowls in the past five years as the Eagles have in their entire history.

  26. EJ says: Aug 20, 2012 7:13 PM

    dlc618 says:
    Aug 20, 2012 5:52 PM
    I hate pre season…waste of time and money

    I understand where you are coming from. Yeah, pre-season is boring, It means nothing win loss wise, but I don’t believe its a waste of time.
    Pre-season gives those players that ordinarily wouldn’t be looked at as much the shot to actually make an impact on an NFL team. Without pre-season, those undrafted players or walk-ons that have already made a name for themselves over the years would most likely be unknown. So yeah, It may be a bore, but it is as important as training camp is. It is something that the NFL will never rid of in full.

  27. fmwarner says: Aug 20, 2012 7:22 PM

    Dammit. I wanted to see how the Eagles LBs and secondary hold up against a good QB. Now that’s not going to happen until Week 2 of the regular season.

  28. gronkanator says: Aug 20, 2012 7:29 PM

    mehhhh preseason, let me know when the season starts. and yeah thats a coach protecting the franchise.

  29. gooseblack1987 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:37 PM

    Its funny every one talks about Tom Brady being a clutch qb. But yet in each super bowl he won it was BECAUSE OF HIS KICKER NOT him. Tom Brady plain and simple is a system qb. Look the year he was out for the season the team goes 10 and 5 without him meanwhile Peyton Manning is out for the season and the team goes 2 and 14 what does that tell you? Basically Tom Brady is a system qb any qb will excell in that system you put Tom Brady on any other team he wont half the success he had with the patriots. I will tell you rite now if Manning had the defenses Brady had when the kicker won the three superbowls Manning would have at least 5 Superbowls. Tom Brady and the patriots are probably the softest team in the NFL they would be amazing if the game was flag football but as soon as you start hittin them they become little kittens. I don consider Tom Brady in the same category as Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw cuz both of them were undefeated in super bowls and either won the SB decisively and if they did win close it was because THEY brought them down to score not because of the KICKER

  30. flash1283 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:27 PM

    Its funny every one talks about Tom Brady being a clutch qb. But yet in each super bowl he won it was BECAUSE OF HIS KICKER NOT him. Tom Brady plain and simple is a system qb. Look the year he was out for the season the team goes 10 and 5 without him meanwhile Peyton Manning is out for the season and the team goes 2 and 14 what does that tell you? Basically Tom Brady is a system qb any qb will excell in that system you put Tom Brady on any other team he wont half the success he had with the patriots. I will tell you rite now if Manning had the defenses Brady had when the kicker won the three superbowls Manning would have at least 5 Superbowls. Tom Brady and the patriots are probably the softest team in the NFL they would be amazing if the game was flag football but as soon as you start hittin them they become little kittens. I don consider Tom Brady in the same category as Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw cuz both of them were undefeated in super bowls and either won the SB decisively and if they did win close it was because THEY brought them down to score not because of the KICKER
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    This is always such a LAME argument from the haters!!

    I guess we all missed the part in all the SB’s when the kicker took the offense down the field and got himself into FG range.

    Brady had nothing to do with it!

    Hell in the second SB vs the Panthers there wasn’t any D played by either team after the first 10 mn of the 1st qt.

    Brady threw for over 350 yards and set a SB record for most completion.

    And please give us some examples of how they are “soft”.

    It always amazes me when some jobber sits behind a computer and tells us how a HOF QB is just a “system QB ”

    Guess what, every QB plays in a “system”
    Joe Montana played in the west coast “system”

    Explain to all of us how all these former players and coaches are all wrong about him when they talk about TB but you have it all figured out.

    When a former player (key word “player”) like Steve Young talks about how good he is and how much he reminds him of Montana, I think he may know what he’s talking about.

  31. chas88 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:31 PM

    gooseblack1987 says: “I don consider Tom Brady in the same category as Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw cuz both of them were undefeated in super bowls and either won the SB decisively and if they did win close it was because THEY brought them down to score not because of the KICKER”

    So, Montana and Bradshaw brought their teams down to score but what was Tom Brady doing? Sitting on the side line while Adam V threw to the team? What the hell are you even trying to say? LOL.

  32. CKL says: Aug 21, 2012 1:38 AM

    I THINK what the Colts fan is TRYING to say is that same kicker that won the Pats 3 SBs could manage only 1 with a superior QB. :D ;)

  33. gooseblack1987 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:21 AM

    i am not a colts fan i am a giant fan actually you know the team that owns the patriots and exposed the pats and all their flaws besides Eli is a better qb than brady much tougher much more clutch and he actually leads his team to winning tds he doesnt rely on his kicker like brady and i just hate delusional pat fans that think they earned those 3 sbs when they clearly cheated because ever since spy gate how many sb have u guys won ? o yea ZERO

  34. gooseblack1987 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:27 AM

    tom brady should jus play two hand touch football if he is soo scared getting hit hes a disgrace to the game the amount of times he barks at the refs for getting hit its a contact sport so pull ur skirt up and deal with it or play a different sport

  35. gooseblack1987 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    as soon as tom brady starts getting hit he starts getting happy feet and ducks when theres no one even coming ie that game in the playoffs against the jets u don see eli doin that you dont see brees doing that you dont see rodgers doin thats y he is soft and if you cant admit that brady is soft than u dont kno any thing bout football which is common with new england fans their usaully lack knowledge and usaully the least atheletic fans lol in the nfl and prolly the biggest skumbags out of them all

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