The New England Patriots were looking forward to a premature Tom Brady start in their Thursday night preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but it just wasn’t going to happen for them.
Brady sliced the thumb on throwing hand with a pair of scissors just before taking the field. According to reports, the QB was trying to remove something from his cleats. It is not known whether he requires stitches.
Head coach Bill Belichik has planned to play all three quarterbacks, with Brady expected to start. In turn, the star’s injury allowed Belichik to only showcase his back-ups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett.
“I made the decision before the game to just play Jimmy and Jacoby,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.
When asked about the report of Brady slicing his thumb, Belichick said: “I made the decision for him not to play tonight.”
This would have been Brady’s first and only start until Week 5 of the regular season due to his suspension. Brady missed out on the Patriots’ first preseason game after being excused to attend the memorial service of a family member.
The Patriots will be using Jimmy Garoppolo as their starter for the first four games of the season while Brady is out, making it the first time since 2001 that Brady isn’t at the helm.