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  • 28 Aug
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady sat out his second straight preseason game, while the guy that will replace him at the start of the regular season continued to make progress.Brady did not go through pregame warmups Thursday night and never made it to the field for the New England Patriots 23-22 win over the Chicago Bears. He had been expected to make his debut after missing last weeks game to attend memorial services for a family member.Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games of the regular season while Brady serves his Deflategate suspension, and he made the most of the extra playing time.Asked about a report that Brady accidently cut his hand pregame, coach Bill Belichick said it was his call to only play Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett.I made the decision for him not to play tonight, Belichick said.Garoppolo threaded a 16-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to A.J. Derby late in the first half for his first TD pass of the preseason. He played the entire first half and one series in the second half, finishing 16 of 21 for 181 yards.Jay Cutler and Chicagos offense started the game with a lot more pep following an anemic effort in the opener last week.The Bears gained 78 yards of offense in the first half of their 22-0 loss to Denver last week. Chicago gained 59 yards in its first drive Thursday and surpassed last weeks total in its second possession.Cutler played three series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards. Jeremy Langford also had a nice game, rushing eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown.The Patriots are away for their final two preseason games, so Thursday marked Bradys last opportunity to play in Foxborough until at least Oct. 16. His four-game suspension ends Oct. 3, but New England plays at Cleveland on Oct. 9 in what is expected to be Bradys regular-season debut.ROOKIE WATCHBears: DL Jonathan Bullard, a third-round pick out of Florida, and Georgia first-rounder LB Leonard Floyd got together to corral Brissett for a sack late in the third quarter.Patriots CB Cyrus Jones continues to make a case for playing time in an already stacked New England secondary. He came away with his second turnover in two weeks, this time stepping in front of Bears backup quarterback Brian Hoyers first pass for an interception in the second quarter. He had a fumble recovery last week.POSITION BATTLESBears: Though he never got a clean hit on a Patriots quarterback, Floyd did force some quick throws, and was one of the few positives for Chicagos reserves. ...TE Rob Housler showed off some speed with a 52-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter.Patriots: Tight end A.J. Derby may have put some distance between himself, Bear Pascoe and Clay Harbor in the competition for the third tight end spot. Derby was all over the field, catching six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. WR Chris Hogan, an offseason free agent pickup, took off his noncontact jersey this week during practice and had a solid debut for the Patriots. He had four catches for 53 yards.INJURY UPDATEBears: CB Jacoby Glenn started in place of Kyle Fuller (sore knee), but left in the third quarter with a concussion. TE Zach Miller and WR Eddie Royal both sat out Thursdays game as they recover from concussions.Patriots: WR Julian Edelman was held out as he continues to take it easy after having a minor procedure this spring on his surgically repaired left foot. TE Rob Gronkowski, also sat out for the second consecutive game after leaving the first practice of the week early with an undisclosed issue. WR Malcolm Mitchell (left elbow) was also out.QUOTABLE:Bears: Coach John Fox on the offenses effort this week: We were disappointed in our performance last week. That was pretty well documented. And so guys get challenged. And they responded.Patriots: Belichick, on Garoppolo having to adjust after the decision not to play Brady: Sometimes things happen and they change. On offense quarterbacks refer to that as an audible.---Online: AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Kyle Hightower on Twitter at David Luiz Brazil Jersey . Barcelonas entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital. Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. Lucas Moura Brazil Jersey . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. 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RENTON, Wash. -- Jimmy Graham is headed back to New Orleans this week for the first time since his surprising trade from the Saints to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 offseason.Hes just not talking about the return.I talked to Jimmy about it, you know, just to see how worked up he is about it, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Sometimes its a big deal to a guy, sometimes it isnt. Hes very centered about and focused on what were doing. Im not worried about it, at all.Graham was scheduled to speak with the media on Friday prior to the Seahawks departure for New Orleans but he was not made available. His return to New Orleans is a big deal, going back to the place where he became one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL before being traded.Its a trade that on Seattles end is hard to analyze at this point with Graham missing the final month of last season after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his knee and spending the first couple weeks of this season trying to regain his form. In the past month, Graham has started to show flashes of the impact he can make in the middle of the field, the way he did when he was playing in New Orleans.Graham has 27 receptions this season, 23 of those coming in the past four games.Obviously, Jimmy has fantastic ability and were going to have to be on top of what we want to do defensively against their offense, New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. There are a number of things that concern you. The receiving core is dangerous, obviously the quarterback is someone that can hurt you in the pocket and out of the pocket. Jimmy would certainly be part of the plan.Payton was the one who took a chance by drafting Graham in the third round in 2010 after hed played only one year of football at Miami following four years as a college basketball player. Grraham quietly developed through the first half of his rookie season in 2010 then in second half of that year began to show signs of greatness.ddddddddddddGraham fully broke out in 2011 when he caught a career-high 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. During his five seasons in New Orleans, Graham caught 386 passes and had 51 touchdowns.Which is why the trade that sent him to Seattle was so surprising. To everyone.It was surprising to a lot of people. None of us expected it or saw it coming, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. But again it happened a while ago and its current now because Jimmy is coming to town for the first time. But again every guy in this locker room loved playing with Jimmy Graham and still love Jimmy Graham, but hes a Seattle Seahawk this week.Graham had his contentious moments in New Orleans, most notably during a contract dispute in the 2014 offseason when the Saints put the franchise tag on Graham and he responded by claiming he should be considered a wide receiver. The sides eventually settled on a long-term contract that was passed on to Seattle and expires after the 2017 season.Its going to be weird, Brees said. Obviously we had a lot of good years here with Jimmy, hated to see him go. We were close and he was close with a lot of guys and we all loved Jimmy and we understand things like that happen in this league. Im sure hes going to be pretty amped up to be back, but I know our fan base loved him and loved what he did for New Orleans and did for our team. There is a lot of love there.---AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: and ' ' '