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Patriots Great Tedy Bruschi Suffered a Stroke Thursday

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke Thursday, Alexi Cohan of the Boston Herald reports.
This according to an announcement by his foundation, Tedy’s Team.

Bruschi, 46, has a transient ischemic attack, which is also known as a mini stroke. TIA is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain that typically doesn’t cause permanent damage if recognized.

Bruschi is recovering well at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. The linebacker for the Patriots and played 13 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2009.

Gronkowski Admits He Doesn’t Know How He’ll Feel When the Patriots Season Starts

Rob Gronkowski is enjoying retirement during the ongoing twilight of the NFL offseason.

That’s all he’ll say. That’s all he knows.

As for September, when the Patriots will kick off their 2019 campaign without him against the Steelers, Gronkowski can’t say, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

“There’s definitely going to be times when you miss it and everything,” he said on the Rich Eisen Show Wednesday. “I would always say that it’s still the offseason right now. I mean I can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything. You know, I just felt like it was time. I feel really good right now and it was just definitely something I felt like it was the right time and the right thing to do. ”

“To have that load off your back, I mean I’ve been playing football for 15 years straight in a row of that grind. Just relaxing right now feels good.”

Gronkowski shared he’s lost weight since New England won Super Bowl LIII over the Rams in early February. The future Hall of Famer says he weighs 250 pounds after tipping the scales between 260 and 270 over his entire nine-year career. Gronkowski announced his retirement last March.

New England will return to the field on July 25 for the start of training camp. Gronkowski says this far he’s spent his early retirement “relaxing, traveling, seeing the family.” Who knows how long that will last when the rest of the Patriots are soon hard at work.

“You want to know something? I never had an August off in my life. So, it’s gonna be a little different,” Gronk said. “That’s when it’s gonna start really seeing the change is when that comes around in August when I’m not in training camp; I might not know what to do with myself.”

Patriots Hoping for a Big and Healthy Second Season from RB Sony Michel

There has been some concerns about Patriots second-year running back Sony Michel after missing Patriots minicamp due to a recent knee scope, but it sounds like those concerns can be put away.

In a report from Mike Giardi of NFL Network, Michel has been running at “full tilt” as he continues to rehab from the offseason scope that set him back from being a part of the team’s mini camp.

If you look at USA online sports betting sites, you can see that having Michel ready to go and as close to 100 percent as possible will only increase the Patriots chances of winning another championship in 2019.

Michel seems to be recovering quickly. The 24-year-old has been receiving treatment at the TB12 facility in Foxboro.

The Patriots have said all along that they expect Michel back for the start of training camp and so far there’s nothing to suggest that won’t happen.

Giardi described two interdependent goals for the Patriots and Michel: “improve range of motion in the knee” and make him “a more explosive runner” in 2019.

With Tom Brady getting older, there is no doubt that having a good run game will go a long way in making the Patriots that much of a better team.

Last season the 31st-overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Georgia had a productive rookie season with 931 yards rushing and six touchdowns in 13 games.

There has always been concerns about his extensive history of knee issues, and some fans held their breath when he was not able to get to the team’s minicamp.

It would go a long way for him to be able to put those injury concerns aside if he could play an entire season.

Last season Michel had four 100-yard rushing games, with his best season being a 27-13 win over the New York Jets on November 25th in which he ran for 133 yards and a touchdown along with two catches.

Michel’s 100-yard rushing games provided success for the Patriots, as they were 4-0 as a team when he went over 100 yards.

If he can give more support and stay healthy, here’s thinking that this Patriots team can once again be the biggest force in the AFC.

Michel will get plenty of reps to be the number one back for the Patriots in training camp, but he’s got to prove that knee is 100 percent, and as long as he is healthy, he and the Pats look to be in a great spot once 2019 kicks off.

Patriots QB Tom Brady Getting in Work with Suspended WR Josh Gordon

Patriots QB Tom Brady is getting some tosses in with Josh Gordon during the NFL’s downtime, Kevin Patra of reports.

The New England Patriots’ quarterback posted an Instagram video throwing a pigskin to the suspended receiver.

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Gordon was suspended indefinitely again in December by the NFL for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

There has been no recent update on Gordon’s status. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported back in February that Gordon’s rehab was going well and there was a “chance” he could be reinstated by training camp. With camp coming down the pike, we have yet to get a progress report on Gordon outside his lowkey throwing sessions with Brady.

The Patriots re-signed Gordon to a one-year, $2.025 million contract this offseason in hopes that he might be reinstated during the 2019 campaign. All signs this offseason have pointed toward New England believing Gordon will become eligible at one point or another. Ultimately, that decision comes down to the league office and Gordon’s progress.

Tom Brady Gives His Reasoning for Not Being at OTA’s – Yet Again

It’s like a broken record each and every year, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady skips optional offseason practices with the Pats, and then when he shows up when everyone has to..aka mandatory..he has to talk about it.

If you look at water sports betting or betting on the NFL, there’s nothing that is stopping Vegas from loving the Pats again this season to win their seventh NFL title, as they are right at the top – yet again, in the AFC to be the best team.

As for Brady, he as usual took to the podium at mandatory OTA’s for the Patriots and gave his reasoning for why he didn’t show up with the rest of his teammates for a couple of days of practice.

“I have a family at home and they get some of my time and energy and my wife is a very ambitious woman and she travels a lot so just trying to divide some responsibilities at home,” Brady explained.

“She supports me a lot, my family supports me a lot. My kids aren’t getting any younger so just trying to spend the time with them when I can and get the other things done that I need to get done and be ready to go when it’s time to go.”

Sure there’s going to be changes with the Patriots this season. They no longer have all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired this offseason, but at the same time, this team has added some pieces and parts that should be able to again make them the best team in the division.

Brady is still at the very top of his game. Look at what he did at the end and in overtime of the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City, and look at how he played like a conductor the Rams in the Super Bowl.

There’s no question that the questions will continue to be asked, but for Brady, he always seems to say the right things about the team, his teammates, and why he doesn’t bother coming to the optional part of OTA’s.

“We’re trying to get ready individually and collectively,” he said.

“Everybody has different things they have to do. I think our coaches do a great job of preparing our guys. Individually, guys are coming out here and trying to get better and I’m doing the same thing. When we come together like this it gives us a chance to see where we’re all at.”

Patriots TE Benjamin Watson to Serve Four Game Suspension to Start the Season

New Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson will have to sit for the first four games of 2019, as Sunday it was announced he will serve a four-game suspension to start the season.

Watson himself made the announcement in a Facebook post on Sunday.

He admitted to briefly using testosterone after he retired from the Saints and before he came out of retirement with the Patriots to help “assist in healing my body and mind.”

“On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies,” he wrote. “I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive.”

“I was devastated and for obvious reasons did not want to proceed,” Watson added. “At that point I knew that my decision to return to play would include a four game suspension and I immediately discussed this new development with the clubs. Ultimately I decided to pursue another year and on May 9 the Patriots offered me a contract in spite of these circumstances.”

Watson wrote that he understands that the rules are what they are and accepts the suspension.

“I respect the regulations that have been collectively bargained to promote fairness on the field of play and accept the discipline associated with my infraction,” Watson said.

Patriots and WR Julian Edelman Finalizing Two-Year Contract Extension

The Patriots are in the process of finalizing a contract extension with Julian Edelman, who was set to enter the final year of a deal that paid a base salary of $2 million, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports via Herbie Teope of

Since entering the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State with the Patriot, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound Edelman, who turns 33 on Wednesday, developed into one of the NFL’s most reliable weapons.

Edelman broke out in 2013 with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns on 151 targets, and has averaged 86 catches for 935.2 yards and 5.2 touchdowns on 128 targets over the past five seasons.

He has played a big role on three Super Bowl-winning teams, including capturing the MVP award in Super Bowl LIII’s win over the Los Angeles Rams. Edelman also produced one of the top championship-game circus catches in the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Patriots OT Jared Veldheer Says He Intends to Retire from Football

Less than two weeks after it began, Jared Veldheer’s career in New England is over, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

The 31-year-old offensive tackle told the team Tuesday he intends to retire, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss. After starting for the Broncos last season and all but five of his 118 career games, Veldheer agreed to terms with the Patriots on a free-agent contract on May 7. He projected as New England’s next swing tackle after LaAdrian Waddle left in free agency.

Veldheer’s contract was a 1-year deal worth up to $6.5 million, per reports. Tuesday marked the second day of the team’s OTAs.

Before he signed with the Patriots, Veldheer split his nine-year career over stints the Raiders, Cardinals and Broncos. He took snaps at both tackle spots, right guard and center. Veldheer’s departure leaves New England without a single offense tackle who boasts NFL experience, aside from starting right tackle Marcus Cannon.