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Brady sits out Patriots’ practice, but expected to play vs. Jets Sunday

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who underwent tests on his non-throwing left shoulder after taking some big hits in the team’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, did not participate in the practice Tuesday.

It was the first practice Brady has missed this season, but according to ESPN, he isn’t expected to miss Sunday’s matchup against the New York Jets

Brady has had a rough start through the first five games of the season, as he’s been hit 32 times, includes 16 sacks.

“We have to do a better job protecting him,” running back James White said. “We’re all accountable for that.”

“We hate to see him get hit,” starting left tackle Nate Solder said. “Keeping him clean, keeping him upright, that’s our goal every week.”

In a radio interview on Monday night, Brady was asked how he can hold up taking those hits.

“I think that’s part of the conditioning that you do in the offseason, to prepare yourself for taking hits,” he the told Westwood One. “Some of those sacks, I’ve been holding on to the ball too long and I have to get rid of it. I think that’s decision-making.”

Jimmy Garoppolo took all the practice reps on Tuesday, as he is the only other quarterback on the team’s roster. The team doesn’t have a quarterback on the practice squad after releasing Taylor Heinicke on Monday.

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