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Tom Brady plays two series in Patriots' exhibition opener

Tom Brady plays two series in Patriots' exhibition opener
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Packers in the first half of an NFL preseason game. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

Tom Brady completed one of four passes before giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo, and the New England Patriots fell, 22-11, to the Green Bay Packers in both teams' exhibition opener on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

A day after appearing before a federal judge hearing the appeal of his "Deflategate" suspension, Brady played just two series — a three-and-out and a four-and-out.

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Aaron Rodgers completed 11 of 19 passes for 117 yards for Green Bay. Rookie Brett Hundley, the former UCLA star, completed a 10-yard pass to John Crockett midway through the fourth quarter to give the Packers a 22-11 lead.

"My teammates picked me up when I was a little tense," said Hundley, a fifth-round pick who completed four of six passes for 60 yards. "First NFL touchdown pass and to put [together] a drive like that against New England was an awesome experience."

Earlier in the day, lawyers for the NFL and its players' union met separately with a federal judge in New York to try to resolve their legal dispute over whether Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of Brady should stand.

In other exhibitions:

Matthew Stafford threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate to lift the host Detroit Lions to a 23-3 victory over the New York Jets. ... Washington defeated host Cleveland, 20-17, but lost starting tight end Niles Paul to a broken ankle and running back Silas Reed to a knee injury.

Joe Flacco and backup quarterback Matt Schaub directed first-quarter touchdown drives and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the visiting New Orleans Saints, 30-27. ... Reserves led the host Chicago Bears to a 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins. ... Danny Woodhead scored on an eight-yard run in his first game and the San Diego Chargers beat the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 17-7.

Surgery for Smith

Geno Smith's broken jaw is on the mend.

The New York Jets quarterback had plates and screws inserted Thursday into his jaw, which was broken when he was punched by former teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday.

Smith, whose jaw will not be wired shut, will remain in a New Jersey-area hospital overnight.

Coach Todd Bowles initially said Smith was expected to be sidelined six to 10 weeks, and that timetable was expected to remain in place.

Enemkpali was released shortly after the incident and claimed off waivers by Buffalo, now coached by Rex Ryan, who drafted him last year in the sixth round with the Jets.

The linebacker apologized for the incident Thursday while speaking for 45 seconds at Bills camp. "It should've never happened. I should've walked away from the situation," Enemkpali said. "It was never my intention to hurt anybody."

Etc.

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Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton agreed to a five-year, $65-million contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts. ... Quarterback Peyton Manning isn't expected to play in the Denver Broncos' preseason opener at Seattle on Friday night. ... Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant has a sprained shoulder and is expected to miss Friday's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. ... A judge in Jefferson City, Mo., dismissed Gov. Jay Nixon from a lawsuit challenging an effort to build a new professional football stadium in St. Louis, and transferred the case to a St. Louis court. The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem was the second favorable court decision this month for proponents of the new stadium, but it nonetheless continues some uncertainty by allowing the lawsuit to go forward against the local sports authority. ... Throughout the preseason and regular season, NFL fields will have gold 50s at midfield to commemorate the 50th Super Bowl, which will be played in February in Santa Clara, Calif.

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