Tom Brady says he will play Sunday against Jets

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass as he is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday Oct. 5 2017 in Tampa Fla

The Patriots do not have to release a practice/injury report until Wednesday.

Brady reportedly aggravated an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder in Week 5 against the Buccaneers - an injury that he suffered in a Week 4 loss to the Carolina Panthers. So finding space to get him a breather regularly is going to be critical to making sure he holds up over the final 11 weeks.

Brady tried to ease everyone's fears Wednesday.

The Jets are catching the Patriots at a good time - seemingly before they've figured things out on defense.

With that said, there is some cause for concern.

Yes, the injury is to Brady's non-throwing shoulder, but that doesn't mean it isn't going to affect the way he plays.

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This week, protecting Brady will be extra important. He was sacked only 15 times in all of 2016 (over a 12-game regular-season, having been suspended for the first four games), and has been hit a total of 32 times in the first five games of this season, including 16 sacks. The Jets say that stat is misleading, though, and they have pressured quarterbacks even if they have not sacked them. Some of those instances he gets the ball away or he throws game-winning touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks while falling backward with a defender in his face.

Granted, Garropollo's injury was to his throwing shoulder and Brady's was to his nonthrowing shoulder, the team can not expect to keep getting so fortunate. "We have to go out there and play extremely fast, extremely hard, but most of all we have to play extremely smart as a team, collectively". As always, one of the best performers for the Patriots will likely be Tom Brady. Considering Brady is still playing like the best quarterback in the league, it's incredibly worrisome for Patriots fans. On passes when the Jets are leading by nine or more points, McCown is ideal.

For fantasy football owners of players on the Patriots, this is certainly good news.

Despite the missed practice, all indications are he won't miss any time.

- Ian Glendon is the National Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots.

Despite the fact that no one will write off the Patriots, New England clearly isn't the same dominant team of old.

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