Tom Brady didn’t play in the Pat’s opening game, and head coach Bill Belichick didn’t have any info on his back injury.
We all noticed that Brady was given a day off, and his workload was pretty light. It turns out that he had a sore back, and the head coach didn’t say anything about his injury. “Sorry,” he said during the conference call.
Boston Globe’s Jim McBride confirmed that the quarterback rested during the preseason opener because he is suffering from a minor back injury. There’s still no timetable for recovery, but yes, Brady’s workload is as light as it can be.
The quarterback rested last Friday and Saturday, took seven reps Tuesday, and the Pats had a walkthrough Wednesday before their game on Thursday.
Pat’s practice is less strenuous for Brady because the season has extended to the latest date in the past couple of years.
The quarterback started 34 straight games during this period.
“Our overall schedule and situation is what it is. There isn’t really much we can do about that, and playing late into the season the year before is definitely what we want to do, so not complaining about that. But, it does affect the following season, there’s no question about that,” head coach Belichick said.
He also said there were many factors involved when it comes to adjusting the workload on players and the team in general.
“Some guys can need modification for one reason or another, and depending on what we’re working on that particular day, that may also contribute to what that player does or doesn’t do and how beneficial that would be for him versus what the other alternatives are. That’s the way it’s always been — there’s nothing new there. I think that’s just how you have to manage your team,” Belichick explained.
Well, he knows how to lead the game, and it’s more than obvious that he’s doing a great job. Look how far the Pats came last season.