Brady Declares Himself Ready For Patriots' Opener

Quarterback Tom Brady today declared himself fit and ready to play in the New England Patriots' opening regular season game after being plagued during the preseason by a sore right foot.

"If it is up to me, there is no question," Brady said during a news conference. "But those questions aren't always up to me. I am always hoping that I am going to be out there and preparing the same way. I think I have been getting progressively better over the last couple of weeks. I am excited, excited to start the year."

Brady didn't play in any preseason games but said he probably could have done so.

"I would have loved to play," Brady said. "Like I said, the decision was made that I couldn't play. I wanted to play. The decision was made not to play and like I said, those decisions aren't always up to me. All I can do is focus on trying to get better, improving and being prepared. In some cases I certainly was doing that."

The Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in their opener. Coach Bill Belichick, naturally, isn't tipping his hand about whether Brady will play.

"We will prepare all the players during the week," Belichick said when asked at his news conference today about Brady's playing status. "We will give you the injury report on Friday. We will give you the practice report after we practice."

By Mark Maske |  September 1, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  | Category:  Patriots
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