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Replay: Patriots Unfiltered Thu May 23 - 02:00 PM | Tue May 28 - 11:55 AM News Blitz - 9/2/2008

Tom Brady's status remains up in the air as the New England Patriots prepare for Sunday's season opener in today's News Blitz.

As expected, all the talk today is about quarterback Tom Brady, who says he's ready for Week 1 despite sitting out the entire preseason.

The franchise quarterback isn't worried about his preseason layoff affecting his performance Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Head coach Bill Belichickwas less decisive when asked about Brady's status.

In other news, the Patriots bolstered their secondary by signing free-agent cornerback Deltha O'Neal, who was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.

Elsewhere, backup quarterback Matt Casselis excited about the upcoming season after beating out Matt Gutierrez for the No. 2 job behind Brady.

The *Globe *catches up with defensive lineman Jarvis Green, who is keeping an eye on his family in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.

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In Kansas City, the Chiefs are not awestruck by the Patriots' impressive resume heading into Sunday's opener.

Safety Jarrad Page feels Kansas City is ready for the challenge.

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