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Bill Belichick gives insight into why Tom Brady's workload has been less than usual

Ryan Hannable
August 10, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Through the first couple weeks of Patriots training camp, the biggest storyline has been Tom Brady's limited reps.

The 41-year-old has had multiple laid-back sessions where he barely gets any work in 11-on-11 drills and then he didn't play at all in Thursday's preseason opener.

Speaking on a conference call Friday, Bill Belichick was asked if going to back-to-back Super Bowls has played into the limited reps for his quarterback, and Belichick didn't seem to deny it.

"Playing late into the season the year before is definitely what we want to do, so we're not complaining about that, but it does affect the following season, there's no question about that," he said. "In the end, we try to take everything into consideration that we have, what our opportunities are, where we are as a football team collectively and individually with certain players that may need a modification of their workload ... and try to do the best we can with that time and those opportunities for our players and the team development as a whole. That's a balance we talk about every day."

With the second preseason game coming up this week and the regular season fast approaching, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Brady's workload increase beginning this week.

As for the report Brady missed Thursday's game due to a sore back, Belichick didn't have anything to offer.

"No, sorry, I don't," he said.

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