FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is ready to play after cutting his right thumb with a pair of scissors in a "silly accident" before the Patriots' preseason game against the Bears last week.
Brady said Tuesday he missed the first two practices this week for personal reasons, but that he's available and ready to play when New England visits Carolina on Friday.
The 39-year-old quarterback has yet to appear in a game this preseason. He's got two more games before the start of an NFL-issued four-game regular-season suspension for his role in "Deflategate."
He hasn't missed a regular-season start since 2008, when he suffered a torn ACL in his left...