Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has seen a lot -and has been through a lot- over the course of his 23-year career in the NFL.
But an entirely new chapter has been added to his career: the seven-time Super Bowl will no longer be participating in practice on Wednesday.
Per NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport, the Buccaneers have decided that Brady will receive a rest day/veteran day off on Wednesday from here on out. Per Rapoport’s sources, this is the first time Brady has ever done something like this during his career.
It’s more a reflection of Brady’s age, than anything else. As we all know, he is 45-years-old, so the stress and wear and tear need to be reduced and limited, as much as possible.
“Football is a violent game, and sometimes when you’re watching it on TV you don’t understand that,” offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich recently told reporters.
“There’s a lot of sore bodies on Monday, so you have that throughout the year. That’s part of it, that’s part of the year, that’s part of the season, that’s part of being in the National Football League, honestly. That’s part of it – being able to have longevity with the beating that everyone takes every week.”
If a 25-year-old can be very sore on a Monday, then it’s quite reasonable to think someone 20-years older would be that much sorer.
It’s a logical plan for both Brady and the Buccaneers. This is his third year in their system and his 23rd year in the league. He honestly doesn’t need the practice and his two backups in Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask could not only use the extra reps, but they could also use the extra opportunity to gain chemistry with the Buccaneers’ 1s.
“For most players, it’s important, but I think when you play in the league a certain amount of time and you prepare a certain way, it’s not necessary to practice that guy all the time,” head coach Todd Bowles said Friday. “You’re going to practice, but you’re not going to practice all the time. You’ll get a day off here and there, because it is a long season.”
Brady already broke the mold when he took 11 days off from training camp back in August, so, while this is a big change for Brady, he’s certainly not in unfamiliar territory.
You can check out Rapoport’s full column, here.
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