Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Tuesday that he "absolutely" plans to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, and he feels "really good" after reports that the he was suffering from a sore back.

"I’m doing well," Brady said when asked about his back problems during an appearance on WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan." "I’m doing really well. You just always have little things you’re working through, that’s part of football season, but I feel really good."

Brady has said that we wants to play until he's 45, but after comments he made on the Facebook Watch series "Tom vs. Time," it appeared that Brady may be taking it on a year-to-year basis.

The 41-year-old Brady reaffirmed Tuesday that he wants to play for as long as he can.

"I certainly expect to be here next year and hopefully beyond. Like I’ve said, I have goals to play for a long time. I still love doing it. I still want to do it, but I am also focused on what I need to do this year. It’s a tough challenge. It’s a great challenge. I have loved it for a long time and I still want to get out there and be the best I can be for our team."

Brady also responded to questions about coach Bill Belichick, shooting down reports of friction between the two.

“I think our priorities are the same as they have always been. I think that is why we get along so well. We’re here to win and like I said, it has been a very professional environment that he has created. I think I am very lucky to be in that environment. I think he is the best coach that has ever coached in the NFL and I feel very privileged to kind of have been mentored by him for as long as I have."

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