Brady, who has been suspended by the National Football League for the first four regular-season games due to his involvement in “Deflategate”, is a surprise choice to play, given that National Football League teams typically do not play starters in the final preseason contest. Browns coach Hue Jackson also will be playing starters tonight.
Texans 28, Cowboys 17 – At Arlington, Texas, Tom Savage made it through Houston’s preseason finale against Dallas unscathed despite getting slammed on his back while scrambling late in the third quarter. He’s set to start serving his four-game Deflategate suspension on Saturday.
Some may question why Brady was seeing such extensive action in a preseason finale – he has not played in one since 2011 – and especially after his starting left tackle, Nate Solder, retired to the sidelines with an apparent left hamstring pull early in the game.
The news energizes what can sometimes be a tiresome ending to the NFL’s preseason slate.
Brady played better as the faces on the line in front of him changed, perhaps as a means of compensation, although he still praised his linemates. As one of the league’s most meticulous minds, he’ll have plenty on the docket to work on Thursday evening.
Brady later hit Chris Hogan for 16 yards and Julian Edelman for 11 in moving the Patriots from their 6 to the 44 before punting. Those players were all on the field for the first 14 snaps of the game as the Patriots favored a pass-heavy plan. We didn’t score as many points as we’d want to, but we started off the first drive with points. He got a stern talking-to from Bill Belichick on the bench, and the good news is he didn’t let the miscue get to him the rest of the way.
With the win, the Giants finish their preseason with a record of 2-2 having won their final two games, while the Patriots endured their first loss, falling to 3-1. It will be his last chance to play with the Patriots until he returns in Week 5. The 49ers’ visit coincided with the annual Salute to the Military preseason game for the Chargers, who have strong fan support in their city’s extensive armed forces community. Brissett drove the Patriots to the Giants’ 4-yard line, but Foster’s touchdown run was nullified by a holding penalty called against Martin.
“I’m sure I’ll be very curious in watching it at some level, so we’ll see”, Brady said.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, talks with San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during warm-ups for an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. He finished with just one catch for three yards.