The Patriots host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason home opener at 8 p.m. Friday, their second of four preseason games before the NFL regular season kicks off in September.
All eyes will be focused on quarterback Tom Brady, who had to leave practice Wednesday after having his knee rolled on by left tackle Nate Solder and Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Brady returned to practice Thursday sporting a knee brace, which he is expected to wear during the game.
This is the third straight year the Patriots have played the Buccaneers in the preseason. They lost last season, 30-28, and are 2-8 all-time against the Bucs in preseason play.
The Buccaneers will play without new cornerback Darrelle Revis, the former Jet, who has been held out of contact drills. Revis missed most of last season with a torn ACL.
Here are the details for tonight’s game:
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Preseason records: Patriots 1-0 preseason; Buccaneers 0-1 preseason.
TV/radio: Fox (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Will Svitek, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Jake Ballard, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Michael Hoomanawanui.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork, DT Tommy Kelly, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Aqib Talib, CB Kyle Arrington, S Devin McCourty, S Adrian Wilson.
Buccaneers offense: WR Vincent Jackson, LT Donald Penn, LG Carl Nicks, C Jeremy Zuttah, RG Davin Joseph, RT Demar Dotson, TE Luke Stocker, WR Mike Williams, QB Josh Freeman, RB Doug Martin, FB Erik Lorig.
Buccaneers defense: DE Da’Quan Bowers, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Gary Gibson, DE Adrian Clayborn, SLB Dekoda Watson, MLB Mason Foster, WLB Lavonte David, CB Danny Gorrer, CB Leonard Johnson, SS Mark Barron, FS Dashon Goldson.
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