As camp starts for the New England Patriots, there could be a potential issue when it comes to preparing for the week 1 quarterback. If Tom Brady has to sit through his suspension, the team could prepare as if Jimmy Garoppolo would be the starter during preseason.
This would involve first team repetitions, a greater percentage of time on the practice field, and different snap counts during each preseason game- and Brady might play the New York Giants in the final game of the preseason.
According to former Boston Herald beat writer Ian Rapoport, there's no reason to expect any sort of controversy.
Even with Goodell’s ruling, don’t expect #Patriots QB camp reps to change: Inside the building, there is a belief Brady ends up on the field— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2015
The Patriots will be preparing as if Brady will be available during week 1 and Garoppolo will prepare as the top back-up. With Matt Flynn still on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Garoppolo will still see a high volume of snaps.
Brady, the NFLPA, and the Patriots are banking on receiving an injunction from the federal courts that would suspend the application of the penalty issued by the NFL. While this increases the risk of Brady missing time later in the season, the injunction is the best way for Brady to get back onto the field.