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Brady happy ex-teammate Koppen got chance with Broncos

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 3, 2012 11:34 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- For the majority of the football world, it might appear that Sunday's Patriots-Broncos game will be about Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning.

But for Brady, it may be a little more intimate than that. When the 13-year quarterback sees Dan Koppen, who played with the Patriots for the past nine years before being released after training camp, snapping the ball in another uniform, he might get a little emotional.

The two players are great friends, having won two Super Bowls together. For Brady, it was painful to see him get cut. Now, Koppen will start this Sunday's game after Broncos starter J.D. Walton fractured his left ankle.

"You know, I'm happy he's got the opportunity," Brady said. "He's a great friend of mine so we played a lot of battles together and I miss having him around here. But that's part of this business. We move on. And he's got an opportunity and hopefully we play well against him."

Add to the fact Koppen will be snapping for Manning, and this Sunday's game will be very interesting.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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