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Tom Brady excused from Patriots’ first preseason game

New England faces the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.

Tom Brady will miss the Patriots' preseason opener. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Tom Brady will miss the Patriots’ opening preseason game against the Saints on Thursday.

Brady was excused from the game to attend a memorial service for a family member, the team announced via Twitter.

Jimmy Garoppolo, who will start for the Patriots for the first four weeks of the season while Brady serves a suspension, and rookie Jacoby Brissett are the other quarterbacks on the Patriots’ roster.

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