This past Wednesday, Tom Brady was held out of Buccaneers practice as the team gave the 45-year-old quarterback a rest day. That treatment will continue throughout the season as Brady will now have each Wednesday off to begin the week for the first time in his career, according to the NFL Network.
“Sources informed of the team’s plans say for the first time in his illustrious career, Brady will receive the same designation every Wednesday of the season,” Rapoport wrote.
“At times over the past two years, Brady has taken off some Thursdays during the season. But not every one.”
Since joining the Bucs in 2020, Brady has received rest days, but never anything as concrete as the plan that is now put in place for the 2022 campaign.
As he sits for one day a week, it will be backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert who’ll receive the majority of the reps in practice. That practice time for Gabbert will keep him sharp in the event that he’s thrust into action over the course of the season, while also keeping Brady fresh.
This news does come after Brady took an 11-day hiatus during training camp and a brief retirement this offseason.