Tom Brady is officially available to start for the New England Patriots in Week 1 following the nullification of his four-game suspension, but fans will have to wait until next Thursday to see their quarterback on the field.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, a source said that the Patriots are unlikely to play Brady in the preseason finale on Thursday night.
This should come as no surprise, as the majority of starters across the NFL will be relegated to being cheerleaders on the sidelines tonight.
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With Brady now available to play in the regular season opener, the Patriots could now play Jimmy Garoppolo for some time in the preseason finale. He's no longer going to be the starter this season and can still benefit from extra preseason time to work on some things -- even if it is against the Giants' backup defense.
While it's disappointing Brady won't be on the field Thursday night against the Giants, Patriots fans are just a short week away from seeing the quarterback back in action against the Steelers in Week 1.
(h/t Jeff Howe)