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Tom Brady Reveals How He Spent Week 1, Talks Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 26:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to their game against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Even though suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn't allowed near his team Sunday, he made sure to stay on top of the action around the NFL.

On Monday, the 39-year-old spoke to Jim Gray of Westwood One Radio (via the Boston Globeabout how he spent his first Sunday away from the team.

"Watched a lot of football," Brady said. "It was fun to sit on the couch and see a lot of those games from a different perspect [sic]. It was great to see the Patriots finish off the night with a huge win in Arizona."

It turns out his Week 1 was similar to that of many Americans.

"I watched that one channel, that Red Zone channel, that captures everything," he said. "Pretty amazing. There’s a lot to learn every week in the NFL. It was fun to watch football on Sunday. Obviously I’d much rather be out there playing."

Despite his absence, the Patriots hardly missed a beat. They went on the road and earned an impressive 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, a team many consider to be a top contender in the NFC.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo excelled in his first career start, finishing 24-of-33 for 264 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He posted a 106.1 quarterback rating, which exceeded Brady's 102.2 mark over the course of last season.

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"He was great," Brady said of his replacement. "It was a great night for him and our whole offense. It’s tough to go on the road, and especially to be without some of your best players. ... It was a hard-fought win."

Brady is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season because of his involvement in the Deflategate controversy from the 2014 AFC Championship Game.

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald (via Cork Gaines of Business Insider), the quarterback is also not allowed to have contact with the coaching staff or talk to his teammates about anything related to football.

Although he can't work out with his teammates, Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, is doing her best with backyard catches.

The Patriots appear to be in good shape without Brady, especially with three home games before he returns. The bigger question is whether the future Hall of Fame quarterback will be able to handle this much time away from the team.

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