Tom Brady hasn’t played in the first preseason game since 2015, but according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the Patriots quarterback didn’t play Thursday because of a sore back.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, of course, didn’t reveal anything in his postgame press conference when asked about Brady sitting out.
“Some players played; some didn’t,” Belichick said in quotes distributed by the team. “We tried to play people we wanted to take a look at and give some reps to.”
McBride’s report explains why Brady had a lighter workload in practice the past few days.
Brady did little in 11-on-11 work since the end of last week.
Brady made his preseason debut in Week 2 last August. The Patriots play the Eagles next Thursday night.