Patriots report, prepare for 4 games without Brady

FILe - In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) enter the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Patriots will open camp July 27 knowing the cornerstone of their franchise wont be available for the first quarter of the season. But it will allow them to use the unfavorable outcome to get a meaningful evaluation of Brady understudy Jimmy Garoppolo. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots are getting ready for the season – and the prospect of playing their first four games without quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots reported for training camp on Wednesday. Brady can take part in practice and the preseason, but he will miss the first four regular-season games. That's his punishment for his part in what the league found to be a scheme to illegally deflate footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.

Coach Bill Belichick says there is finally some ''definition'' to the penalty, which has dragged on for 18 months.

Belichick gave no indication how he would use the practice time to prepare his quarterbacks. Jimmy Garoppolo is the backup, and the team also drafted Jacoby Brissett this year.

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