If you tune into the New England Patriots' preseason opener expecting to see Tom Brady in action, prepare to be disappointed.
The 42-year-old quarterback isn't expected to play Thursday night against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reported Wednesday.
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Lest you think Brady is making another "statement" after his cryptic contract comments and recent real estate maneuverings: Brady hasn't played a Week 1 preseason game since 2015 and typically sits out at least two of the Patriots' four exhibition contests.
New England also has three other quarterbacks on the depth chart -- Brian Hoyer, Danny Etling and rookie Jarrett Stidham -- who also should see action Thursday night. Etling has taken occasional reps at wide receiver, so it will be interesting to see how the Patriots deploy him.
Kickoff for Patriots-Lions is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
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