New England Patriots

Tom Brady didn’t play in the New England Patriots’ preseason opener against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. And apparently, it wasn’t just a regular night off.

According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, Brady didn’t play because he’s dealing with a sore back. It’s unclear when he started feeling the effects, but his relatively light workload in recent training camp practices had been raising eyebrows.

McBride’s report suggests that if Brady were fully healthy, he would have played. Even if he did, it probably would’ve only been a series or two in the team’s 26-17 win. It’s certainly not ideal for your 41-year-old, reigning MVP quarterback to already be dealing with soreness in his back, of all places. Especially considering that training camp hasn’t been particularly intense so far.

Brady still got some throwing in on Wednesday, so he’s not being totally held out. There’s a chance that it’s a precautionary measure amid mild soreness. But a back issue for a player Brady’s age is sure to sound some alarms in the coming days, whether overblown or not. It’s not his preseason reps that’s the issue here.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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