FOXBORO, Mass. — Many wondered if quarterback Tom Brady would see action Thursday night at Gillette Stadium in the New England Patriots’ preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

While Brady has taken the field for Week 1 of the preseason in the past, the 41-year-old stayed on the sidelines for the entirety of the Patriots’ 26-17 victory over the Redskins. Brian Hoyer saw the bulk of the action under center for New England, while rookie signal-caller Danny Etling took some reps in the fourth quarter.

It’s doubtful anyone batted an eye at Brady’s DNP. But according to The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, there was a reason why the Patriots starting QB didn’t take a single snap Thursday.

Despite the reported ailment, it’s hard to imagine Brady would have played more than a series or two against the Redskins if he were fully healthy. That said, it should be interesting to see how much Brady plays Aug. 24 against the Carolina Panthers, as Week 3 of the preseason typically is when teams play their starters most.

New England will take the field for its second preseason game next Thursday when it plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles for a Super Bowl LII rematch.