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Tom Brady loss dampens win

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KC's Bernard Pollard not listening to Moss' 'dirty' talk

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Injury to Tom Brady deals Super quest fatal blow

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Matt Cassel good in relief, but remains a mystery

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NY quick to hear Tom Brady's injury

7h ago | By Karen Guregian
FOXBORO - While coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots took more of a wait-and-see approach with respect to the severity of Tom Brady's injured left knee,...

Ellis Hobbs first-rate leader of team's secondary

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Randy Moss, Matt Cassel connect

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Brady Suffers Torn ACL, Could Be Out For Season

FOXBORO (WBZ) ― WBZ's Dan Roche has confirmed that the initial diagnosis on the injury Tom Brady suffered in Sunday's game is a torn ACL -- anterior cruciate ligament -- to his left knee, and he is likely done for the season.

The team will know more when they get the results of an MRI on Monday.

Brady suffered a tough hit straight to the knee by Kansas City Chief safety Bernard Pollard in the first quarter. After the hit, Brady fell to the ground and clutched his knee, grimacing in pain. Team physicians had to help him off the field.

Wide receiver Randy Moss thinks Pollard's hit may have been a cheap shot. "The face of the New England Patriots and Tom being who he is and the competitor that he is… is actually.. kind of hurts to be honest with you.

Pollard, who could have knocked Brady out for the whole season, was also phased by the tackle on the New England QB. "As soon as it happened, as soon as everything was done… As soon as I heard him scream, I said 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.' People came back to me and told me how dirty I am. I'm not a dirty player at all. I've never been a dirty player, and I never want to be a dirty player. I don't want that title."

"Anytime your starting quarterback goes out of the game, and especially a guy like Tom that's got so many qualities out on the field that lead to our success, and who is our ultimate leader of offense, so, it's a bad feeling," said Matt Light.

Before he was hit, Brady had completed a 26-yard pass to Moss, who fumbled the ball away when he was tackled.

Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel took over for Brady and helped lead New England to a 17-10 win over Kansas City. Cassel said he's been waiting for this moment his whole life, but he is still shaken over Brady's injury. "You never wish injury on anybody, and since I've been here and being around Tom, he's always popped back up," said Cassel.

Sunday was the first time Brady took to the field this season. He did not play any of the preseason games because of an unspecified foot injury.

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Tom Brady out for season

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tended to on the field after a hit during the Pats' win against the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. Brady will undergo surgery on his left knee and is out for the season.

By Karen Guregian
Monday, September 8, 2008 - Updated 4m ago

FOXBORO - The worst has been confirmed.
Patriots [team stats] quarterback and reigning NFL most valuable player Tom Brady [stats] will miss the rest of the season, the team revealed today. The franchise QB was placed on injured reserve after tests this morning revealed the damage to his left knee will require season-ending surgery.
"First we feel badly for Tom about the injury," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "You hate to see anyone go down. Nobody has worked harder and done more for this team than Tom. It's a tough setback for him. That's obviously the bad news."
The injury occurred when Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard dove into Brady's left knee after being blocked to the ground midway through the first quarter of the Patriots' season-opening 17-10 victory over the Chiefs. Brady remained on the field, clutching the knee, until the training staff attended to him. He was helped off the field and did not return.
Belichick talked about how to replace the huge void. Brady had started 128 consecutive games and was widely regarded among the top two quarterbacks in the game.
"Each guy has a job to do," he said. "They need to do it as well as they can. That really doesn't change. He played one position, played it very well. There will be someone else playing that position now. We have a lot of confidence in Matt (Cassel)."
Cassel came on to replace Brady and lead the team to the win. He completed 13-of-18 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown.
Responding to reports that said the Pats were interviewing quarterbacks Chris Simms and Tim Rattay, Belichick said, "In spite of what some people are putting out there, we haven't worked out a quarterback or given a physical. Believe me, we had a lot of people call us. Despite what people are saying, it's simply not true."
Some on the Patriots, including wide receiver Randy Moss, regarded Pollard's hit as a dirty one. However, Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, sent word yesterday that the league looked into the hit and it was deemed clean.
"It is not a foul because the defensive player was coming off and affected by a block by the offense," Aiello responded in an email.
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