The New England Patriots lost their preseason game to the Houston Texans 27-23 but the storyline in this one is who did play in the game.

First and foremost, Tom Brady started and went 6-for-9, 67 yards and a TD to Rex Burkhead. Brady played for the first two possessions.

Gronk played. Rob Gronkowski played about 15 snaps. He didn't make any catches but that's the first time he's played in a preseason game since 2012.

Wide receivers Julian Edelman and Bradin Cooks played for the first time. Cooks made one catch.

And Jimmy Garoppolo went 15-for-23 passing with a TD and an interception.

Next up for the (0-2) Patriots, preseason game #3 at Detroit Friday night.