By Mike Reiss, ESPN.com The New England Patriot team announced Monday that quarterback Tom Brady has been cleared to play.
It was the second day of training camp, and Brady is on pace to be the first player in Patriots history to play in at least 100 regular-season games.
The Patriots have had two different quarterbacks since the start of the NFL’s merger in 1970, with Brady having started every game in each of those seasons.
The timing of the announcement, which followed an extensive media tour of the team’s facilities, is notable.
The Pats had hoped Brady would start Week 1 of the 2017 regular season.
Brady started a total of seven games in his career, but only one in the first two seasons of the regular season, which he completed in 2019.
His absence was especially painful because the Patriots have struggled to find consistent starting quarterbacks since 2010, when the team moved to New England and Brady signed with the team.
Brady has played in all 32 regular-year games.
In those games, Brady has completed 54.6 percent of his passes, with eight interceptions.
He has also thrown a touchdown pass in three of the Patriots’ first four games, including the victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
Brady was released from his contract in July 2019.