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Cassel takes leave after father's passing, could miss game Sunday

Updated: December 10, 2008, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel left the team Wednesday to join his family following the death of his father earlier in the week.

"Our thoughts are with him and his family during this time," coach Bill Belichick said before practice. "Right now we're just taking it day to day. He's going to take care of what he has to do."

Belichick said that Greg Cassel died Monday night and Matt has left the team to be with his family in Southern California. Belichick ...

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