Tom Brady won't play Thursday

Updated: August 7, 2014, 7:05 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not play in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins, coach Bill Belichick confirmed before the game.

Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett will start and play extensively.

The Boston Herald first reported the decision.

The Patriots' thinking is tied to the extensive work that Brady received in joint practices with the Redskins on Monday and Tuesday. The feeling is that work trumps the value of having ...

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