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Report: Tom Brady makes trip with team to Carolina, status unknown for game 08.25.16 at 4:36 pm ET
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Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Barring another run-in with a pair of scissors, Tom Brady will be on the field Friday night when the Patriots take on the Panthers in the third preseason game at Bank of America Stadium. Whether he starts or even plays against the Panthers, that is – as Jimmy Garoppolo would say – anyone’s guess.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots quarterback made the trip with the team on the charter Thursday down to Charlotte.

Brady was slated to start last Thursday against the Bears at Gillette Stadium before a last-minute mishap with a pair of scissors while poking out something from his cleats caused a minor cut and caused Bill Belichick to pull him for Jimmy Garoppolo.

What ensued was several days of speculation on the reason for Brady not staying at Gillette for the game and instead leaving and heading home. There has even been speculation that there is tension between Brady and the head coach behind the scenes.

Chris Price details just how much Brady has played in years past in the third preseason game, widely considered to be the most significant game as starters get final tuneups for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona. Of course, Brady won’t be around for the first four games, as Garoppolo fills in for the four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price detail Bryan Stork release, Jimmy Garoppolo reaction and Martellus Bennett 08.24.16 at 1:34 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jimmy Garoppolo reacted to Bryan Stork’s release Wednesday, Nate Washington was released and Martellus Bennett spoke up for the first time in a while in the Patriots’ locker room. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your update from Foxboro.

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Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon ready to take ‘long’ road to replace Sebastian Vollmer ‘one brick at a time’ 08.22.16 at 1:30 pm ET
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FOXBORO — These are interesting times for Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon.

The pair of offensive tackles are now front and center on the offensive line with the news over the weekend that Sebastian Vollmer could miss significant time or even the season with a bad hip.

“I love Sebastian,” Solder said. “Whatever he needs or whatever it is, I’ll always be there for him. Sebastian is an awesome guy. He’s one of my best friends. There’s so many things but as a group, we just have to move forward.”

What the Patriots need from Solder and Cannon will be consistency. With Solder slotted at left tackle, Cannon steps into right tackle, a position has had held down since the start of camp since Vollmer has not been able to actively practice at all.

“Wherever they want you to go, they have trust in you and you trust them,” Cannon said. “That’s what it is. If they want you play, that must mean they have trust for you to play in that position, wherever they put me.”

That consistency started to show last Thursday against the Bears with a good effort that produced a solid run game to complement Jimmy Garoppolo, especially in the second quarter.

“I think we definitely made an emphasis of it that week and going forward, there’s a lot of things we need to emphasize and improve on. I think that’s one of the steps where we improved and hopefully, we can continue to improve going forward,” Solder said. “We’ve had some pretty exciting games, I think. I know I’ve been excited to be back in some games. It’s been fun the whole preseason. We’ve taken it pretty seriously.

“There may have been but we’re never satisfied because we have a long ways to go. The way we practice, the way we play, whoever is out there, we’re ready to go. That’s kind of our philosophy on that.”

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Jimmy Garoppolo finishes strong subbing for Tom Brady: ‘It was a good test, I guess’ 08.19.16 at 1:19 am ET
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FOXBORO — Even Jimmy Garoppolo was caught off guard.

The credo of every quarterback in the NFL — and especially under Bill Belichick — is be ready to enter the game at all times.

The thinking of the Patriots coach Thursday reportedly was to start Tom Brady in his final home game before Oct. 16 vs. Cincinnati. Then, reportedly, the star quarterback cut his throwing thumb using a pair of scissors to clean his spikes before the game.

When did Garoppolo find out he’d be starting the game and how did he handle the whole situation?

“Pretty suddenly before the game,” Garoppolo said. “I haven’t even got a chance to yet. I found out literally right before the game, so it was pretty sudden. I didn’t think I was going to [start], but then some stuff came up and I got tossed in there. It was a good test, I guess, it always keeps you on your toes. Coach [Belichick] always preaches, you never know when you’re going to go in or when your number is going to get called. You just have to be ready for it.”

For the second straight week, the start wasn’t great. He went three-and-out in the opening series. The offense was shutout in the opening quarter. Then Garoppolo caught fire. He led the Patriots to 17 second-quarter points, and it could’ve been 24 if Brandon Bolden didn’t fumble at the Bears 5.

“It was still not our best start. We started with another three-and-out which is never good, but after that, I think we got into a nice rhythm offensively. Obviously, the defense playing good always helps us. It’s just complementary football.”

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Report: Tom Brady slices thumb with scissors before game 08.18.16 at 8:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady

FOXBORO — Apparently, there was a very good reason Tom Brady wasn’t starting Thursday night against the Bears.

According to CSNNE’s Tom Curran, the Patriots quarterback, who was due to start his first preseason game of the year, cut his thumb open with a pair of scissors pregame and left the stadium in street clothes.

According to Curran, Brady was trying to pry something from the bottom of his cleat prior to taking the field when he cut himself on the scissors.

There was no further word on the extent of the injury or if it required stitches.

Jimmy Garoppolo came on to start the game.

It was scheduled to be Brady’s only appearance at Gillette between now and Oct. 16, a home game against the Bengals.

The Patriots wrap up the preseason with road games against Carolina and the Giants before opening the season in Arizona against the Cardinals Sept. 11. Brady will have to sit down for the first three home games against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills.

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Scene-Setting from Foxboro: Tom Brady expected to start in final Gillette appearance before Oct. 16 at 5:05 pm ET
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Ideal conditions are on tap for the second preseason game between the Patriots and Bears. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The weather should be ideal as Tom Brady is expected to start in the second preseason game as he makes his final Gillette Stadium appearance before Week 6 against Cincinnati.

The forecast is calling for clear skies and 79 degrees for the 8 p.m. kickoff at Gillette. There’s no rain in the forecast with only a slight breeze out of the south at 5 MPH.

While there will be a relative humidity of 50 percent, it will be far more comfortable than this week’s joint practices of Monday and Tuesday and last Thursday night against the Saints.

Brady, who will be suspended for the first four games of the season by the NFL, did not play a single snap against the Saints in the preseason opener last Thursday against the Saints.

Brady has looked sharp in training camp, getting the most out of reps with both the first and second-team offensive line groups.

What’s more uncertain is how much, if at all, Julian Edelman will play. Edelman tweaked his foot on Aug. 8 but returned to full pads practice this week and looked sharp undressing Bears linebackers and defensive backs in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in the red area.

Rob Gronkowski is nearly certain to miss his 15th straight preseason game dating back to 2012, as he appeared to tweak something in his lower body on Monday and did not participate in joint practices the rest of the week.

Chris Price has more on what to look for from tonight’s second preseason game.

The Bears, who engaged in lots of yelling and hits after the whistle this week in the joint practices, are looking to rebound from last week’s 22-0 humiliation at home at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos. Unlike Brady, Jay Cutler did see time in last week’s preseason opener, going 3-for-4 for 18 yards but was sacked twice behind a porous offensive line.

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Report: MRI on Malcolm Mitchell (dislocated elbow) comes up ‘clean’ 08.14.16 at 2:29 pm ET
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Malcolm Mitchell chats with the media after Thursday's workout. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com photo)

Malcolm Mitchell chats with the media after Thursday’s workout. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com photo)

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news on Malcolm Mitchell on Sunday.

The MRI performed on Mitchell’s dislocated left elbow came back clean, with no apparent serious damage, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

Mitchell injured his left elbow bracing a fall to the turf after his fourth catch in Thursday night’s opener.

He finished with four catches on five targets for 55 yards, including a nice 24-yarder down the left sideline from Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Malcolm’s had a solid camp,” Bill Belichick noted Sunday before practice. “We’ll take his situation day-by-by and see how it goes.”

Matthew Slater injured his right elbow in similar fashion in the 2009 preseason finale and was back for Week 3.

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