Tom Brady is reportedly dealing with a sore back

Brady was sidelined Thursday.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of the Patriots' preseason opener. –AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not play in New England’s preseason opener against the Washington Redskins because he is dealing with a sore back, the Boston Globe‘s Jim McBride reported late Thursday evening.

Brady did not take any snaps against the Redskins — which is not necessarily unusual, sore back or not — but the 41-year-old has had a noticeably lighter workload during recent practices. He rested both last Friday and Saturday, the team had off days Sunday and Monday, Brady took just seven reps Tuesday, and the team had a walkthrough Wednesday before playing Thursday.

McBride did not include the origin of the injury, nor did he say how long Brady is expected to be sidelined. The Patriots host the Eagles next Thursday.