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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots play a highlight montage of Tom Brady on videoboard, with Brady's signature Jay-Z song. Crowd acknowledges with a cheer.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

As was the case with Wednesday's Kickoff Luncheon, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has been excused from tonight's game against the Houston Texans for personal reasons. Hardy might not have played tonight anyway with the coaches wanting to give the younger players more work. As was reported earlier today, a source said Hardy will confer again with the NFLPA about whether to seek a further reduction in his suspension through the court system.

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Matt Flynn with a 5-yard TD pass to Zac Stacy. Jets 14, Eagles 3. Flynn in control. Remember, had only 2 two full days of practice. #NYJ

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins cornerback Will Davis is on the roster bubble and made a timely interception tonight against the Buccaneers. Davis helped his chances to make the 53-man roster.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Michael Vick likes throwing to Martavis Bryant. He's connected with the Steelers receiver on his first passing attempt of the last two games, including a 10-yarder over the middle on the first drive against the Panthers.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Backup Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron started for Andy Dalton in Cincy's preseason finale at Indianapolis on Thursday. He went 3-for-5 for 40 yards with a well-placed 18-yard pass to Greg Little on his opening drive. The series ended on a fourth-down sack.

Legal FAQ: Inside the judge's decision

You've got questions? ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson has answers. Why he still feels like the league's legal position remains strong despite the ruling today and how this reminds him of a 2004 ruling involving Maurice Clarett. Looking at precedent

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Brady's return improves Patriots' chances

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Patriots are now favored in each of their first four games with Brady playing and also now have a 3-in-4 chance of reaching the playoffs.

When football meets futbol

Kaka, on the East Coast for international matches with Brazil, had time to snap a pic with Tim Tebow. No word on if they practiced Tebowing.

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota loosens up. Expect him and starting offense for one drive against the Vikings.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Both of the Saints' summer breakout WRs deliver on opening drive. Willie Snead walks in for easy short TD pass on pick play after Brandon Coleman's 45-yard catch to start the drive. Didn't the Packers read up on Snead before this game?!

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jonathan Kraft said that while the Patriots would like draft picks back from NFL on Deflategate punishment, as they sit here today, they don't intend to pursue.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On 98.5 The Sports Hub, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft says Super Bowl banner wasn't being raised if Tom Brady wasn't on the field.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees sitting out Saints' preseason finale, as expected. Luke McCown gets the start and hits WR Brandon Coleman with a 45-yard deep ball behind D on New Orleans' first play from scrimmage. Coleman finally has a breakout play to match the hype he's earned in practice.

Cotton, metallic ink and ... freedom

Those are the ingredients in Julian Edelman's latest T-shirt according to a tweet sent after Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. Edelman was just one of many players to share their reactions on Twitter. See the tweets

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Jonathan Kraft says the Patriots would not have raised their championship banner in the opener if Tom Brady's suspension was upheld.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Time for the last week of preseason football in Indianapolis. Bengals and Colts are about to kick off.

Falcons' owner: 'It's sad for the league'

Arthur Blank on the Tom Brady ruling and the NFL's decision to appeal, "I think it's unfortunate that after 9 months, this has not been settled. It's sad for the league. We should be focused on the great season coming up."

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