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Another step for Brady, a misstep for Big Ben

Updated: August 21, 2009, 1:36 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft and Eric Karabell

The game result -- a 7-6 loss -- might have been disappointing, but it's the preseason, so who cares? What really mattered for the Patriots was that Tom Brady passed yet another important test, with flying colors, no less.

Brady absorbed two big hits in his 13 snaps during Thursday's preseason game, the first when he was thrown to the ground by Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers on a blitz, the second when he was sacked by defensive end Robert Geathers, who forced him to the ground on his surgically ...

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