Morning Jolt: Tom Brady says he'll play in the Patriots' opener

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Brady says he'll play in opener
The first public comments from Tom Brady about his shoulder were made during his regularly scheduled appearance on WEEI yesterday morning. Brady danced around specific questions about his shoulder, including if he had X-rays, but said he "always relies on our doctors and trainers. It's just part of getting hit." He gave an optimistic response when asked if he would be ready for the Sept. 14 opener against Buffalo. I fell a little bit awkwardly, but I'm expecting to be out there, and I'm expecting to play this week if [coach Bill Belichick] lets me. We'll see how the week goes."
(Boston Globe)
Stafford last Lions' QB standing
Daunte Culpepper needed eight stitches to repair a cut foot after he stubbed it on a carpet at home Saturday night. Drew Stanton needed an MRI after a knee swelled Sunday and Monday. That left the Lions with one healthy quarterback for practice Monday: rookie Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft who is competing with Culpepper for the starting job.
(Detroit Free-Press)
Patrick not following contract talks
IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick joined guest host Tommy Kendall Sunday on "Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain" on Speed and discussed returning to Japan, her attitude change, her contract negotiations with Andretti Green Racing and recent changes on the team. "I don't know entirely everything going on with the talks. My agents have had conversations with lots of people," Patrick said. "Really, what I know about is the racing side of things."
(Charlotte Observer)
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