By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — In this episode of As Tom Brady’s Helmet Turns, the quarterback is going back to the old reliable.

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The quarterback took the field on Sunday night in Detroit wearing the helmet that he’s worn for almost the entirety of his professional and collegiate career.

This was a change, of course, from the preseason and first two weeks of the regular season, during which Brady wore a new style helmet.

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Tom Brady (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Tom Brady (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The change was initially made because Brady’s old helmet — the Riddell VSR4 — won’t be allowed in the NFL after the 2018 season. Brady got a jump on the phasing-out process by trying out a new helmet model — the Riddell Precision Fit SpeedFlex — during the summer.

But just like Brady did after trying out modern helmet styles earlier in his career, the quarterback switched back to what feels most comfortable. It’s not a coincidence that the change came after Brady took a loss in Week 2 in Jacksonville.

Tom Brady’s helmet in 2018 preseason (L), Tom Brady’s old helmet (R) (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Back in 2012, Brady briefly tried out a different helmet style before switching back to the VSR4. He told reporters in London in 2012, “We didn’t have very good games the last time I wore that helmet [so maybe] I’m going to go back to the old one.”

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And so, it appears as though Brady is going back to what works. For now.