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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots players return to practice today for the first time since Thursday's win. It will be a good chance to assess the status of injured QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (right rhumb).

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford: "I'm not sure about [being the missing piece], but I know that I'm gonna help our team be better."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will participate in non-contact drills to start training camp and his surgically-repaired shoulder will be reevaluated in mid-October to judge the next step in his recovery. Said Olynyk: "It's day-to-day, week-to-week, see you how you feel, testing the strength, testing the limits and go from there."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder on possible NBA protests: "I think us, as athletes, we have to take advantage of the stage we're on. We're at a high level, we're held on a high level, we have a platform to shed light on a situation in a positive way, try to make positive out of it. You can't fix negative problems with negative energy. I don't want to do anything negative, I want to do something positive to shed light on the situation."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens on talking to his players about national anthem protests in other sports: "We have sat down as a team and discussed and talked about it, and I think the biggest thing is that we all really value the freedoms that we have, and we certainly support individual freedom. It's been great to engage in those discussions, it's been really fun for me to hear about how excited our guys are about using their platforms to promote good things."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on Paul Pierce announcing this will be his final season: "I think Paul could play for a few more years, so I'll believe [he's retiring] when I see it. … The thing that stands out more to me than anything about Paul -- after all the great shots and great plays and everything else he did here -- was just watching him, sitting right outside my office, seeing him come in at midnight and work on his game, work on his conditioning. He really loved the game."

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Charles Woodson, Randy Moss, Cortez Kennedy and two of New Orleans' finest here for the Monday Night Football game. We had lunch today at Company Burger -- very good as usual.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

It's Patriots week in Buffalo, and Rex Ryan delivered for the cameras again Monday with an impersonation of Bill Belichick.

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Defending champs ascend NFL Power Rankings (1:03)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan anticipates the Patriots to take advantage of their uncertain quarterback situation. "I expect [the Patriots] immediately to tell us [who the starting quarterback will be]," Ryan joked Monday. "And as soon as they tell us, we're all gonna be like, 'Yeah, OK.' Nobody would believe it anyway. Nah, I don't know. We're not gonna find out until kickoff."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though Rex Ryan impersonated Bill Belichick to start his news conference Monday, he wanted to make it clear he respects the Patriots' coach. "I think my admiration is really for Belichick more than anything," he said. "As a coach, that's the guy. He'll go down as probably the best in the history of the game. I like poking fun at him and all that stuff, but there's no coach I respect more than him."

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan was in vintage form today, opening his news conference with an impression of Bill Belichick. "We're gonna start with the injury report," Ryan mumbled. "You'll get it on Wednesday."

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Gerald Green on why he wanted to play for Celtics (1:03)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green on Celtics: "When we played them in Miami, they looked like they were having so much fun. I wanted to be part of that."

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