FOXBORO — Tom Brady said what happened before Thursday’s preseason game was a “silly accident,” but praised coach Bill Belichick for making the right call when it came to sitting him down.

“I was ready to go and had everything on,” he said prior to Tuesday’s practice. “I was just trying to get something out of my shoe. The scissors slipped. Just a silly accident.”

Speaking with the media for the first time since he missed Thursday’s game with a cut as a result of a scissors accident, Brady said Belichick made the “smart” decision when it came to choosing Jimmy Garoppolo to start against the Bears.

Brady also added that he would have played if it was a regular season or postseason contest, and added that his thumb — which wasn’t wrapped — was “good.”

“I wanted to go and coach said it was probably best … for what I was about to do, just take it easy. I wish I could have played. I’ve been missing playing. I want to be out there with my teammates. I feel like that’s what my job is and my responsibility is, to go out there and be with my team. That was tough not to be out there.”

Brady was also asked about his absence the last two days, and replied that he had “to take care of something.”

He added: “It’s good to be back with the team. I missed everybody. Just getting caught up on everything. It’s a big week for us, going to Carolina. Just kind of cramming a lot of things into today.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — The Patriots are making their way slowly but surely to the Aug. 30 deadline of 75 players.

Tuesday’s reported cuts of Donald Brown, E.J. Biggers and Frank Kearse take the Patriots roster down to 83 active players. The Patriots and all other NFL teams must get to 75 by Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.

The Patriots will take that roster into the final preseason game Sept. 1 against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

The Patriots also announced cuts on Monday of defensive back V’Angelo Bentley, safety Cedric Thompson and tight end Bear Pascoe.

The final roster of 53 must be achieved by Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.

The Patriots open the season Sept. 11 in Arizona against the Cardinals.

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Mike Petraglia

Jimmy Garoppolo has completed 20 passes in the regular season over the course of his two years in the NFL. Here’s a look at his favorite pass catchers:

Danny Amendola — 6 catches
James White — 5 catches
Brandon LaFell — 3 catches
Tim Wright — 2 catches
Rob Gronkowski — 1 catch (TD)
Brian Tyms — 1 catch
Julian Edelman — 1 catch
Chris Harper — 1 catch

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Christopher Price
Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Reggie Wayne is one of several ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who failed to find success with the Patriots. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

With Tuesday’s release of running back Donald Brown, it brings down the curtain on one of the longest traditions in Foxboro, “Peyton Manning Era Colt Who Attempts To Revive His Career With The Patriots.” It’s featured several notable names over the years.

Brown: The former UConn standout, who was with Indy from 2009 through 2013, was signed this past March 18 and released with an injury settlement on Aug. 23.

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne: Wayne spent 14 seasons with the Colts and had 14,345 receiving yards before he was cut loose by Indy following the 2014 season. The Patriots signed him on Aug. 25 last summer, but asked for and was granted his release on Sept. 6 after reportedly saying it was “too tough” and “not fun” in Foxboro.

Running back Joseph Addai: The shifty LSU product, who rushed for 4,453 yards in six seasons with the Colts, was signed by New England on May 10, 2012, but reportedly walked out in late July … midway through a conditioning test.

Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez: The pass catcher was a member of the Colts from 2007 through 2011 and compiled 1,307 receiving yards through that stretch. He was inked by the Patriots on March 17, 2012, but he didn’t even make it to training camp — he was cut on May 29 of the same year.

Wide receiver Austin Collie: Collie probably had he best career in New England of any ex-Colt on this list. After four seasons in Indy, he played seven games for the 2013 Patriots, and finished with six catches for 63 yards. He did not return for the 2014 campaign.

Tight end Dallas Clark: Clark, who had a serious run of success over the course of his career against New England, had a tryout in 2012 with the Patriots, but nothing ever came of it and he ended up signing with the Bucs.

Tight end Marcus Pollard: The rangy tight end signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2008, but was released on Aug. 19.

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Christopher Price

Now we know why Jabaal Sheard hasn’t been on the practice field since the first preseason game.

Jabaal Sheard

Jabaal Sheard

Now we know why Jabaal Sheard hasn’t been on the practice field since the first preseason game.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots’ defensive end has a sprained MCL.

The injury isn’t viewed as overly serious and has been given an initial recovery timeframe of 2-4 weeks, which means he could be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Sheard suffered the injury in the first preseason game where he looked solid and had a forced fumble. He likely will have an increased role this year, his second with the team, after the team traded away Chandler Jones in the offseason and now is dealing with an injury to Rob Ninkovich.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The trimming of the Patriots roster continues.

Three players were reportedly let go after practice Monday. The biggest name of the bunch was Donald Brown, the running back that the Patriots signed to a one-year deal in March for $965,000, with $300,000 guaranteed.

FOXBORO — The trimming of the Patriots roster continues.

Three players were reportedly let go after practice Monday. The biggest name of the bunch was Donald Brown, the running back that the Patriots signed to a one-year deal in March for $965,000, with $300,000 guaranteed.

Brown and defensive end Frank Kearse were both signed to one-year deals and both have been released, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates.

In Brown’s case, health certainly seems to have played a role, as the 29-year-old veteran running back who played with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck in Indianapolis could not get on the field and watched most of training camp from the sidelines.

Kearse is a well-traveled 27-year-old defensive end who has played for the Dolphins, Panthers, Titans, Cowboys and Redskins.

Also released, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, was E.J. Biggers, the 29-year-old cornerback, who played most recently with the Eagles last season.

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Mike Petraglia

Dion Lewis reportedly will miss at least the first part of the season. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO -- Deep breaths, Patriots fans, everything is going to be OK -- at least when it comes to the team's running back position. 

Rob Gronkowski is going to make the final 53-man roster. Who else will survive cuts? (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski is going to make the final 53-man roster. Who else will survive cuts? (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

With the news that came down Sunday regarding the health of Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason, it allows us to get a little better idea of what the Patriots’ roster might look like when the regular season begins Sept. 11 in Arizona. With that in mind, here’s another shot at predicting who might make it through to the final 53 for opening night.

Quarterback (2): Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett (Tom Brady suspended, four games)
Analysis: From this viewpoint, the Patriots aren’t going to be using a roster spot on an extra quarterback for the first four games of the season while Brady is on the sidelines. Other than that, no surprises here.

Running back (4): LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney (Dion Lewis on PUP)
Analysis: Provided the Patriots put Lewis on the PUP list, that frees open a spot for Gaffney and solidifies White’s status as third-down back, at least in the short-term. But this still feels like a fluid situation that could change between now and opening night. D.J. Foster is going to be part of the mix — if he doesn’t make the final 53, he’ll either come down with an *ahem* injury that will land him on IR, or they’ll try and squeeze him through waivers to the practice squad.

Tight end (4): Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, AJ Derby, James Develin
Analysis: Derby gets the nod over Clay Harbor, at least right now. We’ll include Develin with the tight ends because that’s the group he works with in practice.

Wide receiver (5): Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Keshawn Martin, Malcolm Mitchell
Analysis: There could still be some movement here between now and the start of the regular season, but at this point, this is the grouping that makes the most sense. From this viewpoint, Aaron Dobson finds a way to stick around, especially if there’s another PUP candidate to start the season at another position or Mitchell can’t go because of the elbow.

Offensive line (9): Nate Solder, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Bryan Stork, Josh Kline, Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle, Cam Fleming, Tre Jackson. (Shaq Mason and Sebastian Vollmer on PUP/IR)
Analysis: It feels like there are still going to be some changes here between now and the start of the regular season; it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Patriots add another tackle, either when cuts start to come down or in a trade. Ted Karras, a youngster who has impressed, also finds a way to stick around, possibly as a practice squadder.

Defensive line (9): Malcom Brown, Terrance Knighton, Jabaal Sheard, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Rob Ninkovich, Vincent Valentine, Trey Flowers, Markus Kuhn
Analysis: If Ninkovich can’t go to start the season, this might open the door for another edge defender. Maybe Geneo Grissom? Barring a surprise move, the rest of the lineup is pretty well entrenched.

Linebackers (5): Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Shea McClellin, Rufus Johnson, Jonathan Freeny
Analysis: The Patriots could go with an extra linebacker if Ninkovich is on the shelf for a few weeks at the start of the regular season.

Cornerbacks (5): Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Cyrus Jones, Justin Coleman, Darryl Roberts
Analysis: We feel pretty confident in the first four. Roberts has had a good summer, but he can’t let up in the chase for one of the final roster spots or he’ll have to defer to the likes of Cre’von LeBlanc.

Safeties (4): Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Jordan Richards, Duron Harmon
Analysis: The depth in this group is augmented by the fact that Nate Ebner and Brandon King can also contribute if needed.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, punter Ryan Allen, long snapper Joe Cardona, special teamers Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner, Brandon King.
Analysis: No shockers here. Kamu Grugier-Hill is the tough cut here, but he still has practice squad eligibility. Given his special teams’ background, he’ll find a way to stick in Foxboro.

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Christopher Price