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Reports: Ryan Mallett will start Thursday night for Patriots

08.07.14 at 11:05 am ET

Ryan Mallett will start Thursday’s game for the Patriots, according to several media reports.

If he does indeed get the call to start, it means Mallett is likely being showcased for a potential trade. The Arkansas product, a third-round pick in 2011, has not played a significant snap in his time with New England. Thursday would mark the first start of his career with the Patriots, either in the regular season or preseason.

As for starter Tom Brady, this would mark the third time he has not started a preseason opener for New England since 2007 — he sat in the 2008 and 2011 preseason openers.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was the first to report the news.

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