What does history suggest when it comes to Tom Brady playing in 1st preseason game?

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FOXBORO -- The Patriots will open their preseason slate Thursday night by hosting the Redskins at Gillette Stadium.

There's been nothing regarding how much the starters will actually play in the game, and with how unusual training camp has been so far, it's hard to get a real gauge for the situation. For what it's worth, Tom Brady got more reps Wednesday in a glorified walkthrough than previous days, which could be a sign he and the first-team offense will play at least a few snaps.

But, in recent years Brady has not played in the first preseason game.

Here's how it has gone over the course of his career.

2017: Did not play

2016: Did not play

2015: 7 snaps

2014: Did not play

2013: 19 snaps

2012: 19 snaps

2011: Did not play

2010: 17 snaps

2009: 24 snaps

2008: Did not play

2007: 13 snaps

2006: 11 snaps

2005: Did not play

2004: 11 snaps

2003: 11 snaps

2002: 14 snaps

More will likely be known as the day goes on Thursday.

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