FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed his first scheduled preseason start after reportedly cutting his thumb prior to the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears.
Brady, slated to miss the first four regular-season games while serving his Deflategate suspension, reportedly cut his thumb on a pair of scissors prior to the game and left Gillette Stadium shortly after.
The 39-year-old veteran was trying to pry something from the bottom of his cleat prior to taking the field and sustained the cut, according to CSN New England.
It was not known if Brady required stitches.
Don Yee, Brady’s agent, told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, “An accident occurred and Tom will be OK in time.”
Jimmy Garoppolo, the planned starter for the first four regular-season games, replaced Brady as the starter for this second exhibition game. Brady did not play in the team’s preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints last week, as he was attending the memorial service of a family member.
Earlier Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on 98.5 The Sports Hub that he planned to employ all three of his quarterbacks against the Bears, Brady, Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. After Brady was scratched, the other two shared the playing time.
Thursday marked the Patriots’ second and final home preseason game, meaning the home fans won’t see Brady until Oct. 16, Brady’s second game back from the suspension.