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Here's Why Tom Brady Didn't Play For The Patriots Last Night

Tom Brady with his head down on the sideline.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots sits on the bench after having the ball stripped by Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tom Brady injury update: the Patriots superstar was supposed to appear in last night's preseason opener against Washington. Instead, Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling took all the snaps.

It isn't crazy for a quarterback of his stature to sit out the entire first preseason game. Aaron Rodgers didn't play for the Packers either.

However, Brady's missed appearance was health-related, which is sure to have some nervous.

Boston Globe Pats beat writer Jim McBride says that the future Hall of Famer has been experiencing soreness during camp. That has limited his action over the last week.

Assuming the team handles it the right way, it shouldn't be a huge deal going forward. No one should worry much about Brady's ability to get ready for an NFL season.

In his absence, veteran back-up Hoyer took most of the snaps. He was 16-for-23 for 144 yards.

Etling, a rookie out of LSU, completed two-of-five throws for 21 yards.

The Patriots ground attack looked intriguing in the 26-17 win. Jeremy Hill, a former standout for the Cincinnati Bengals, racked up 51 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Ralph Webb, a rookie undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt, only ran for 3.3 yards per carry, totaling 46 on 14 carries, but found the end zone twice.

The Patriots will get a very low-stakes Super Bowl rematch against the Eagles next Thursday. Expect to see Brady make his preseason debut in that one.