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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Andrew Luck retires, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start for Colts

Andrew Luck retires, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start for Colts

On Saturday night, the NFL world was turned upside down when news broke that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that Luck, 29, has decided to retire and that a press conference to announce his decision would be held on Sunday.

Luck led the Colts to playoffs last season and threw for 4,593 yards, 39 TDs, and 15 interceptions during the regular season. He had missed all of the 2017 season dealing with complications from a shoulder injury. And now, after dealing with a calf injury, he has decided to walk away from the NFL.

In the wake of Luck's surprising decision to retire, Indy's status as an ascending team in the AFC will now be put on hold. That will make the Patriots' path back to the Super Bowl just a bit clearer.

There also is another connection to New England that comes from the fallout of Luck's decision. Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback for the Colts. Brissett, of course, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft before being traded to the team ahead of the 2017 season in exchange for Phillip Dorsett. Brissett served as the starter for the Colts during that season and completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

Brissett will now get a chance to show that he has grown since that 2017 campaign. He also is set to hit free agency following the season, so this will be his chance to prove that he's worthy of being a franchise quarterback.

Brissett will be one of two starting quarterbacks in the NFL that backed up Tom Brady to start his career. The other is Jimmy Garoppolo, who is going to start for the San Francisco 49ers after recovering from a torn ACL last season.

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Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks suspended for Week 1

Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks suspended for Week 1

The New England Patriots already have a fairly thin tight end group. And to start the season, they now have two players suspended.

The NFL has suspended Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks one game for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. This suspension stems from Kendricks pleading no contest to a 2017 marijuana charge and receiving probation this past July, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Kendricks will join Ben Watson, who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's PED policy, on the suspended list, provided that he survives final roster cuts.

Kendricks inked a one-year deal with the Patriots just after training camp opened in late July. Kendricks had spent the previous two seasons with the Green Bay Packers and totaled 19 catches, 170 yards, and a touchdown in 16 games for them last season.

The Patriots had largely added Kendricks, an eight-year NFL veteran and solid blocker, to provide experienced depth in their unproven unit. With Kendricks out for the first game, that should give guys like Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo a chance to get the primary snaps at the position.

And as for Kendricks, this suspension makes his chances of making the final 53-man roster murkier. Before this suspension, Kendricks was already on the outside looking in for a roster spot. Our own Phil Perry has the Patriots keeping three tight ends in his latest roster projection, and Kendricks wasn't among them.

The suspension certainly won't help Kendricks' cause, but we'll soon see what direction the team will elect to go in at the tight end position.

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