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Brady to get start for Pats

Published Sep. 10, 2005

Tom Brady will start again at quarterback for New England Sunday even though Drew Bledsoe's doctors say he is healthy and itching to play.

Brady is 5-2 as a starter since taking over after Bledsoe was sidelined by a hit from New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis on Sept. 23 that ruptured a blood vessel in Bledsoe's chest. The Patriots were 0-2 with Bledsoe starting.

"Any time you lose your starting quarterback, that's not anything that's a positive," coach Bill Belichick said. "But Tom has taken advantage of the opportunity and has done a good job."

Belichick didn't say how long Brady would have the job, but said he would make a decision after this weekend.

BILLS: Buffalo signed quarterback Scott Dreisbach to the practice squad to bolster its depth after the injury to Rob Johnson.

Johnson is expected to miss up to five weeks with a broken collarbone, and the team was down to two quarterbacks _ veteran backup Alex Van Pelt and third-stringer Travis Brown.

BRONCOS: Denver released wide receiver Eddie Kennison, who told the team before Sunday's game that he wanted to retire, then reconsidered the next day. Coach Mike Shanahan made the announcement after meeting with the other coaches and players to decide if Kennison should be allowed to rejoin the team. "It was (a distraction)," Shanahan said of Kennison's retirement and return.

COWBOYS: The team put kicker Tim Seder on injured reserve with a sprained right ankle and cut Randy Chevrier, whose errant snap led to Seder's injury. Dallas signed kicker Jon Hilbert and tight end Mike Solwold, whose primary duty will be to replace Chevrier.

FALCONS: Quarterback Chris Chandler practiced without severe pain in his ribs, and expects to start when the team visits Green Bay.

PANTHERS: Quarterback Chris Weinke returned to practice after missing a week because of a sore throwing shoulder, and split time with the first unit with Matt Lytle, who made his first start last weekend.

RAIDERS: Running back Tyrone Wheatley, expected to return this week against San Diego, missed practice because of illness.

RAMS: Quarterback Kurt Warner will take fewer snaps in practice the rest of the season to spare him fatigue from excessive throwing, coach Mike Martz said.

SEAHAWKS: The team placed safety Maurice Kelly on the injured list and signed former starter Kerry Joseph to replace him.

VIKINGS: Owner Red McCombs will take part in a halftime ceremony Monday night with the widow of Korey Stringer despite her threat of a $100-million lawsuit.

McCombs will speak during the game against the Giants and present Stringer's framed No. 77 jersey to Kelci Stringer.

Korey Stringer died Aug. 1 of heatstroke after collapsing during a training camp practice.

2002 PRESEASON: The schedule will begin in Osaka, Japan, where the Redskins and 49ers meet in the American Bowl on Aug. 3.

Two days later, the expansion Houston Texans will play their first game _ against the Giants in the Hall of Fame Game.