New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed practice on Tuesday and was limited again on Wednesday due to a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, sending up flags of concern for his status ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
But according to Brady, there’s nothing to see here and no reason to be concerned about him or his playing status.
“I’ll be there Sunday, don’t worry about that,” he told the media, via ESPN. “I’ll be there.”
New England will have had an additional three days of rest, having played last Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team was without tight end Rob Gronkowski for that game, but it appears he, too, should be a go for Sunday against New York as long as he continues to progress.
The Patriots have opened the season with five consecutive non-divisional games, with their season oddly stacked to feature divisional games in five of the last six games of the year. The only outlier will be when they face the Jets on Sunday.
Should Brady not play on Sunday, New England has backup Jimmy Garoppolo ready. Going 2-0 in place of Brady last season, Garoppolo has completed 67 percent of his passes over his career, tossing five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Last season, Brady threw for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in his two games against the Jets, both of which the Patriots won. He has gone 23-7 against this AFC East foe, looking to extend that record on Sunday as New England battles the 3-2 Jets for first place in the division.