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Patriots QB Tom Brady to play vs. Panthers? 'I hope to be out there'

Patriots QB Tom Brady to play vs. Panthers? 'I hope to be out there'

The Carolina Panthers will have their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, on the field Thursday night at Gillette Stadium for their Week 3 preseason game against the New England Patriots. Will the Patriots do the same with their starting QB?

Tom Brady wants to play, and the 42-year-old quarterback made that clear Tuesday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

“I hope so," Brady said. "I hope so. Again, we had practice yesterday and we have practice today, and then we will see what coach decides. I hope to be out there. We’ll see what happens.”

Brady has not played in the first two preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and rookie Jarrett Stidham have played instead, and both of them have performed well. 

The Patriots have some new faces at wide receiver this summer, most notably rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers. These first-year players have never caught a pass from Brady in an actual game setting, so building on the chemistry they've started to develop in practice would be one reason to give Brady some playing time versus the Panthers. 

The third preseason game also is typically when starters play for an extended period of time. It's a good opportunity to see where the offense and defense stand after a full training camp. Therefore, we can't be surprised that Newton, as well as Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, are going to play Thursday.

The Patriots would be wise to do the same and get their No. 1s plenty of time together before the regular seasons begins Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Patriots-Chiefs injury report: Tom Brady, Cody Kessler limited at practice

Patriots-Chiefs injury report: Tom Brady, Cody Kessler limited at practice

The New England Patriots had two quarterbacks limited at Thursday's practice as they prepared for Sunday's Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Starting quarterback Tom Brady was a limited participant with toe and right elbow injuries, while third-string QB Cody Kessler was limited because of an illness. The only Patriots quarterback not on the latest injury report is rookie backup Jarrett Stidham.

Patriots wide receivers Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were among the six other players limited in practice. Ted Karras (knee) and rookie Byron Cowart (head) were the only Patriots who didn't practice.

Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was added to the injury report with a shoulder issue and illness. He did not practice Thursday. Veteran running back Damien Williams also didn't practice. He's missed back-to-back practices, making his status for Sunday unclear. Kansas City already placed running back Darrel Williams on injured reserve earlier Thursday, so the Chiefs are pretty thin at that position.

Here are the full Thursday injury reports for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DL Byron Cowart, Head
OL Ted Karras, Knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady, Toe / Right Elbow
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Knee
OT Marcus Cannon, Illness
S Patrick Chung, Heel
WR Julian Edelman, Shoulder
QB Cody Kessler, Illness
CB Jason McCourty, Groin
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle

FULL PARTICIPATION
No Players Listed

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Morris Claiborne, Shoulder
CB Rashad Fenton, Hamstring
RB Damien Williams, Rib
DE Frank Clark, Shoulder/Illness

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
No Players Listed

FULL PARTICIPATION
OT Eric Fisher, Groin
CB Kendall Fuller, Thumb
QB Patrick Mahomes, Knee
DT Derrick Nnadi, Elbow
DE Alex Okafor, Ankle

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Antonio Brown has message for Tom Brady in latest Patriots-related post

Antonio Brown has message for Tom Brady in latest Patriots-related post

Antonio Brown is back with yet another Patriots-related social media post.

The embattled wide receiver, who recently posted a hilarious Christmas-themed video directed at the Patriots, posted a message to his former quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday.

"Miss you big bro," he wrote under a photo he took with Brady after signing with New England in September.

Check it out below:

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Miss you big bro

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That certainly won't help quiet the talk of a possible AB/Patriots reunion, especially given New England's continued struggles on offense.

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