BOSTON (CBS) — You no longer have to worry about who will be starting at quarterback for the New England Patriots.
Having served his four-game suspension for the DeflateGate saga, Tom Brady is back on the team’s active roster as of midnight Monday.
For the last 30 days, Brady had to stay away from the team he’s led to four Super Bowl titles since 2001. New England went 3-1 in his absence, with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett leading the way under center, but now Brady is back to reclaim the position he’s dominated for the last 15 years and ready to take out any lingering anger and frustration out on the rest of the league.
Brady is now allowed to return to team facilities and activities, though if the team follows their normal Monday schedule, we probably won’t get a chance to see him. Monday’s are normally reserved for team meetings and film study, with the first practice of the week held on Wednesday.
“We’ll just take it day by day and see where he’s at and just go forward one day at a time,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on a conference call on Monday.
But given Brady was away from his buddies for the last month, he may ask a few of his targets to hit the field with him for a light toss. Brady spent the final day of his suspension on a field in Brookline, humming footballs like a man ready to light the world on fire.
The one thing we do know is Brady will be back at Gillette Stadium on Monday, and is once again the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. He’ll make his season debut Sunday afternoon when the Patriots head to Cleveland to take on the 0-4 Browns.
Tune in to Tom Brady’s return on Sunday afternoon on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub — the flagship stations of the New England Patriots. Kickoff is set for 1pm, with pregame coverage beginning on 98.5FM at 10am and on WBZ-TV at 11:30am with Patriots GameDay. After the game, The Sports Hub will bring you three full hours of postgame coverage, and tune in to Brady’s postgame press conference live on Patriots 5th Quarter over on myTV38.