NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league will not allow New Orleans Saints quarterback Tom Brady to play his final game in the Superdome, citing “serious health issues” that would cause him to miss the postseason.
“Tom Brady’s medical condition necessitates that he not be able to play in the final game of the season,” Goodell said in a statement.
“The health of Tom Brady necessitates his absence from the game.
I want to thank him for his service to this great league.”
The decision comes as Brady has been unable to practice or play since Dec. 5 and is still recovering from a shoulder surgery.
The former MVP has been sidelined since Jan. 6 because of a stress fracture in his neck, and has not participated in any games since that date.
After his first-round bye week, Brady was placed on a two-game suspension, and he is scheduled to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
The Patriots have played five of their last six games against teams with winning records, including a win over the Carolina Panthers last week.
The Saints, meanwhile, are 6-3 and sit in the wild-card race for the second wild-night slot after defeating the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.