The Patriots will play their first preseason game of 2018 Thursday. Here’s what you need to know before they take on the Washington Redskins: Tom Brady probably won’t play much — if at all. Quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t played in New England’s past two preseason openers, but he has participated in years past. Brady took seven snaps in 2015 and 16 snaps in 2013. Both outings were two-series long. Brady, who recently turned 41 years old, has been present for the entirety of training camp, after skipping part of the team’s offseason program. Recent practices have been noticeably light for Brady, as backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling have been taking the majority of the reps in 11-on-11 play. Julian Edelman is eligible to be active, even though he is suspended. Wide receiver Julian Edelman is eligible to play in all four of the Patriots’ preseason games, but he will still miss New England’s first four regular-season games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. Edelman appealed the punishment, but the suspension was upheld by the league. Once Week 1 arrives, the 32-year-old will not be allowed to attend regular-season practices/games or contact any Patriots personnel. Edelman “will be eligible… Read full this story
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