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Patriots give Tom Brady night off

Updated: August 20, 2012, 11:58 PM ET
By Field Yates | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.

Brady, who played in the team's preseason opener against the Saints, has sat out multiple exhibition games in the past, and head coach Bill Belichick had hinted at the possibility of giving him the night off in recent days.

Without Brady, the Patriots lost 27-17 to the Eagles.

In his place, second-year quarterback Ryan Mallett got the start, ...

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