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Brady will start for Patriots in preseason game vs. Bears

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Brady will start for Patriots in preseason game vs. Bears

FOXBORO -- If you need any indication to know what Bill Belichick thinks is the priority leading up to Week 1, look no further than his press conference transcripts since late July. 

On four different occasions, the Patriots coach has described Jimmy Garoppolo's readiness as the starting quarterback as his "priority." 

However, Tom Brady will start in tonight's preseason game between the Patriots and Bears. It's unknown exactly how long Brady will play. 

Brady did not play in the preseason opener and was not present at Gillette Stadium for last week's game against the Saints as he attended a family member's memorial service. 

Garoppolo saw 39 snaps against New Orleans, completing 11 of his 18 attempts for 168 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. Garoppolo's backup for the first four weeks, Jacoby Brissett, played the entire second half and hit on 7 of his 13 passes for 63 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. 

Though Brady's preseason work doesn't appear as though it will be extensive, he's split practice repetitions with Garoppolo and he's seen plenty of competitive snaps this summer -- both in joint practices with the Saints and Bears, and in two intrasquad scrimmages the Patriots held early in camp.

Sources: Patriots not interested in bringing back Antonio Brown

Sources: Patriots not interested in bringing back Antonio Brown

Once bitten, twice shy.

Two sources with knowledge of the Patriots thinking scoffed at the idea Antonio Brown would rejoin the Patriots this season.

When one source was asked if there was a chance the wideout – who was with the Patriots for less than two tumultuous weeks in September – might have a chance at rejoining the team, this was the two-word response.

“What’s changed?”

I mentioned Brown’s social media apology to owner Robert Kraft earlier in the week and his meeting last week with the NFL as possibly changing the equation.

I was told that it does not.

At issue aren’t hurt feelings that Brown couldn’t fix with a few keystrokes. It’s the wariness of something else cropping up down the road.

When the Patriots signed Brown, there was no advance notice from Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus that Brown was on the cusp of being slapped with a lawsuit by his former trainer Britney Taylor even though the legal wrangling between Brown and Taylor’s attorneys had been going on for months.

And while it was subsequently reported Rosenhaus couldn’t break a confidentiality agreement Brown supposedly had in place, the fact that the Patriots entered into the Brown experience not knowing at all that that bombshell was waiting to explode makes them unwilling to go down the same road again.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Mike Florio on Antonio Brown situation; Robert Kraft-Jerry Jones rivalry

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Mike Florio on Antonio Brown situation; Robert Kraft-Jerry Jones rivalry

Tom E. Curran is joined by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, who discusses the latest on Antonio Brown's legal situation and a potential reunion with the Patriots, as well as New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich — author of the book "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times" — who talks about the off-field rivalry between Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones, in this new episode of Tom Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

4:09 — Tom Curran is joined by Mike Florio to talk about the emerging new details of Antonio Brown's legal situation and how it relates to his possible return.

12:22 — Mike explains why the NFL's disciplinary system for players who violate the league's personal conduct policy is not fair.

14:52 — Will the Patriots try to resign Antonio Brown if he is cleared? Tom and Mike discuss how close the wide receiver actually is to making a return to football and why the Patriots might go after him.

21:46 — Tom is joined by author and journalist at the New York Times Mark Leibovich to discuss the off-the-field rivalry between Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones.

28:12 — Is there inherent jealousy between the two owners based on their own success?

33:40 â€” Mark gives his take on the Patriots' upcoming matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

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