Aside from when Brady missed almost the entire 2008 season due to an ACL and MCL tear in Week 1 against the Chiefs, he has been remarkably durable.
In addition to Brady, Rob Gronkowski (thigh) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) also did not participate in Wednesday's practice, along with tackle Nate Solder (non-injury related). Brady insists he's not concerned about his shoulder and will be ready for Week 6's divisional showdown with the New York Jets, via NFL.com. Since Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady has totaled at least 300 passing yards in each game.
Brady was hit 19 times and sacked nine times in three playoff games.
Asked how he was doing after the game, Brady said he was fine.
"I'll be there Sunday, don't worry about that", he told the media, via ESPN. "I'll be there". He said he has learned to deal with the wear-and-tear over time.
The Patriots have opened the season with five consecutive non-divisional games, with their season oddly stacked to feature divisional games in five of the last six games of the year.
Yet on Thursday, both the quarterback and the star tight end were back on the practice field - albeit in a limited capacity.
Through five games, the Jets are allowing 143 rushing yards per game (30th in the league) and 4.6 yards per attempt (25th in the league). "We all want to do a better job, we all want to play better".
Williams and the rest of his defensive teammates understand the stakes if they allow New England to establish the run early. The Patriots have not played well of late.
Despite the Jets being a decent team against fantasy quarterbacks so far, Brady has continued to show that is as close to matchup proof as you can get. "If you let them run and pass, it will be a long day for the defense".