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Brady gets start in preseason opener

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Brady gets start in preseason opener

UPDATE: 8:00pm - Tom Brady started the New England Patriots' preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Brady made one completion on four attempts for ten yards while playing two series before Jimmy Garoppolo entered the game late in the first quarter.

 

2:45pm - Tom Brady will play tonight in the Patriots' preseason opener against the Packers at Gillette Stadium. 

 

He'll draw a rousing ovation no doubt, but keep an eye on that protection. On the offensive line, Bryan Stork, Marcus Cannon, Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer apparently won't go.

Earlier, Brady hinted at playing tonight, in the Patriots preseason opener vs. the Packers at Gillette Stadium.

Brady has absolutely expressed to the coaching staff he wants to play, per sources. But Bill Belichick will make (or has made) a final decision.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

0:41 - The BST crew breaks down the Celtics’ 107-95 loss to the Utah Jazz. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Tom Giles from the TD Garden and Michael Holley and Kayce Smith analyze Gordon Hayward’s pregame comments about his recovery and return.

8:07 - Do Bill Belichick and the Patriots attempt to shut down Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown this weekend against the Steelers? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss and Phil Perry and Kayce Smith break down the matchup with this week’s tale of the tape.

14:36 - The Red Sox watched another slugger get scooped up, as the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Santana. Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles discuss Boston’s interest in still-available J.D. Martinez and how much he could cost the club.

Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

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Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

The Patriots final injury report before their showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday includes 10 players listed as questionable and defensive lineman Alan Branch ruled out.

Branch, who hurt his knee in the Monday night loss to the Dolphins, missed three days of practice this week. Among the questionable are linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive lineman Trey Flowers, who didn't play against Miami. Tom Brady (Achilles), Brandon Cooks (hand) and Malcolm Butler (ankle) have been removed from the injury report. 

Cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) among the Steelers listed as questionable. The full injury report: