Coming out of their bye, the New England Patriots’ first practice report of the week had the biggest of all names in the NFL on it: quarterback Tom Brady was a limited participant in the team’s first session of the week because of a previously unreported knee injury. While the issue was not considered to be anything major, it was still noteworthy to see the 41-year old listed on an injury report for the first time all year. And that was not all.
Brady missed Friday’s practice session altogether as another issue was added to the report: he was now also dealing with an illness. The greatest quarterback of all time, who has not missed a game due to injury or the like since 2008, was officially listed as “questionable” to play against the New York Jets today. However, it looks as if the designation and keeping him out of practice was merely precautionary.
According to NFL Network reporters Mike Giardi and Ian Rapoport, Brady is “set to play” versus the Jets. This report comes to the surprise of nobody: the future Hall of Famer is — despite some talking heads and internet commentators claiming something else — one of the toughest players in the league; one that will not be kept out of a game because of a minor knee injury and a short-term illness.
With Brady ready to go and the team downgrading no other players ahead of today’s contest, it appears as if New England’s offense will be near full strength today — something that has not been the case since week six’s prime time matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots scored 43 points that day against one of the NFL’s better teams, displaying their enormous offensive potential.
In related news, New York wide receiver Robby Anderson is also projected to play today (per Rapoport). The Jets’ leader in receiving yards (346) and touchdown catches (3) was listed as “questionable” on the final injury report of the week because of an ankle issue. According to Rapoport, he is expected to have a limited role today.