Belichick: Brady ‘as physically and mentally tough as any player I've coached'


FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's expected to play Sunday against the Jets despite a left shoulder injury, which should come as no surprise.

Brady is now in his 18th season and the only significant stretch of time he's ever missed since being named the starter has been in 2008 when he tore his ACL in Week 1 and missed that season.

That kind of durability has been approached only by a handful of quarterbacks in the history of the league, including Brett Favre (record 297 consecutive games started) and Peyton Manning.

Eli Manning has the longest streak of consecutive starts made at 204, but Brady has started 240 games total since 2001.

It's a stretch that Bill Belichick appreciates as well as anyone.

"Tom's as physically and mentally tough as any player I've coached," Belichick said on Wednesday. "There no doubt about that."

Brady returned to practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday's in order to have an MRI taken on his left shoulder, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. 

The Patriots are only required to release three injury reports each week, and the first will be published late Wednesday afternoon. When Belichick was asked for an update on Brady's injury, he said the team would wait to release an injury report before providing any details.

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