Tom Brady (calf) downplays being on injury report for second straight week

By WEEI 93.7

FOXBOROUGH -- Although it will unlikely ever cause him to miss a game, Tom Brady is on the injury report for a second straight week with a calf injury.

When speaking at the podium Wednesday, the 42-year-old downplayed it.

“Football is a contact sport,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’m a spring chicken anymore. I’m trying to just feel as great as I can and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow. But I feel pretty good.”Brady was removed from the injury report on Friday last week, but he was limited the first two days. This potentially could have been part of the reason the team signed quarterback Cody Kessler.

With Brady limited, it puts a lot more on rookie Jarrett Stidham's plate and it could be a lot to ask for him to handle both the first-team and scout team reps.

Part of the reason Brian Hoyer was let go at the end of training camp was because having three quarterbacks would likely impact Stidham's development, but if Brady isn't participating in full, that makes it worth having three around.

It is worth noting Kessler's stay could be short as the team will need to create a roster spot for Benjamin Watson, who will be coming back from suspension next week.