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Brady expects to be ready for opener

Updated: August 31, 2009, 5:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tom Brady, who injured his shoulder in New England's preseason game against Washington last week, said Monday that he expects to play "this week, if Coach lets me."

Brady took a crushing hit from Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and left the game at Washington. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said over the weekend that Brady had a sore shoulder, but was removed from the game so the Patriots could evaluate their backup quarterbacks.

"I have bumps and bruises," ...

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