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Tom Brady removed from injury report for Week 5 vs. Falcons

We break down the news that Tom Brady is dealing with a shoulder and finger injury. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Friday update: Brady will play as usual after being taken off the injury report.

Thursday update: Brady has returned to practice and is throwing as normal, per Greg Auman. There’s no concern of him missing this week’s matchup with the Falcons.

Wednesday PM Update: Brady is listed on the Bucs injury report with both a shoulder and a finger injury.

Week 5 of the NFL season will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Atlanta Falcons. The NFC South divisional opponents will meet twice this year, with the first taking place this weekend. Quarterback Tom Brady is dealing with shoulder soreness and isn’t officially practicing on Wednesday, per Rick Stroud.

Fantasy football implications

Let’s be honest, at this point, there isn’t much concern that Brady is taking it easy. He was initially supposed to have Wednesdays off every week as an extra rest day. I mean, the guy is 45 years old and is still throwing passes at an NFL caliber and rate. He did mention in a tweet that he is doing extra rehab on his shoulder after games, but again probably nothing to worry about. If Brady ends up missing practice starting on Thursday, then it might be time to start eyeing that panic button. For now, he is just missing practice on Wednesday, and it is something to keep an eye on. Still plan on starting Brady this weekend against the Falcons.

If it worsens and he is downgraded, you are going to need to pivot to a different team’s quarterback. Despite the weapons around him, I still wouldn't trust Blaine Gabbert for my lineup unless I was super desperate.