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Bill Belichick: 'Tom [Brady] as physically and mentally tough as any player I’ve coached'

Ryan Hannable
October 11, 2017 - 11:34 am

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady reportedly has a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder and missed practice on Tuesday.

Despite the missed practice, all indications are he won't miss any time. Brady has even played through the same injury earlier in his career.

Even with all his accomplishments on the field in his 18 seasons in the league, his most underrated trait may be his toughness and ability to stay on the field on a regular basis. Besides missing 15 games in 2008 with a torn ACL, the only games Brady has missed as a starter were last season when he was suspended for his role in Deflategate.

"Yeah, Tom’s as physically and mentally tough as any player I’ve coached," Bill Belichick said Wednesday. "No doubt about that."

Brady is one of 10 quarterbacks with at least 200 regular-season starts in a career. The quarterback (240 starts in the regular season and 34 postseason starts) and Jerry Rice (284 regular-season starts and 29 postseason starts) are the only NFL players with at least 200 regular-season starts and at least 25 postseason starts.

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