Tom Brady Starts For Patriots Preseason Game After Deflategate Court Hearing
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady started in the Patriots first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. This came a day after Brady faced the National Football League (NFL) in federal court over the issue of ball tampering that led to a four-game suspension for him.
Brady as Patriots’ start quarterback
While head coach for the Patriots Bill Belichick doesn’t play Brady in the first preseason game, Brady appeared on the field as the Patriots’ start quarterback against the Packers, eliciting a massive reception from the crowds.
Garoppolo to start for Patriots if Brady’s suspension is upheld
According to The New York Times, second year backup Jimmy Garoppolo was expected to start in the preseason game. Garoppolo was drafted last year out of Eastern Illinois in the second round. He will be relied on if Judge Richard M. Berman upholds Brady’s suspension.
Garoppolo has appeared in six regular-season games. Additionally, he was 19 of 27 passing for 182 yards and one touchdown.
Brady will not be required to be present in the next court session scheduled for August 19, as the Patriots will be in West Virginia practicing against the New Orleans Saints, according to New York Daily News.
Although Brady can participate in training camps and preseason games, he will have to sit out his first four season games if his suspension is upheld or not reduced.
Patriots are scheduled to start the season in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10.
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