The Miami Dolphins were recently stripped of a pair of draft picks for tampering with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. while they were both under contract with different organizations.
Brady, who turned 45 on Wednesday, will see the Dolphins soon, but he won’t face them in a game that matters little to the future Hall of Famer.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles told reporters Wednesday that Brady would not play when Tampa Bay opens the preseason against the Dolphins at home on Aug. 13. It is assumed that replacement Blaine Gabbert will start for the Buccaneers this Saturday evening.
Brady is widely considered the GOAT and has seven Super Bowl championship rings before what could be his last campaign as an active player, but he does have a history of playing preseason games nonetheless. According to Williams, Brady played six snaps in Tampa Bay’s first preseason game last August, then played 18 snaps in the final warm-up game of the summer.
In total, Brady completed 12 of 16 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown last preseason.
Later this month, the Buccaneers will play the Tennessee Titans on August 20 and then face the Indianapolis Colts on August 27. Brady’s status for those matchups is unknown at this time.