Notes: Brady's Surgery, Offseason Workouts...

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News and notes on the Patriots including Tom Brady's recovery post surgery, what Rob Gronkowski is doing in the offseason and more

Brady On The Mend

Quarterback Tom Brady is recovering on schedule from a Jan. 20 procedure to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, reported last week.

The operation will not hinder Brady when on-field work resumes. If the season begins on time in September, Brady would be fully cleared medically; he'd also be expected to participate in practices and exhibition games that typically take place starting in late July with training camp.

Brady appeared on the injury report for the final two months of the regular season and in the playoffs with a foot injury sustained in early November. He skipped multiple mid-week practices but was never worse for it on game day, leading the Patriots to the AFC East title and earning his second NFL MVP award with 3,900 yards passing, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions. He did not miss a game. reports this is Brady's fifth surgery, including an ACL repair and a scope on his throwing shoulder.

R. Gronkowski
Gronkowski put the punch back in the Patriots red zone attack.
(Chris McGrath/Getty)
Offseason Workouts

Tight end Rob Gronkowski said numerous players have been working out together, but it just hasn't been as public as other teams.

   "We've been doing everything, but we're on the down-low," Gronkowski said. "(Others teams) may go to the media, acting like they're some of the only teams doing it, but we're working hard out here too. We're just keeping it low."

   Gronkowski wouldn't say who was participating, but did say, "We are intense. The workouts are insane. We've been getting after it hard. I feel great right now, ready to go."

   It has been reported that linebacker Jerod Mayo has been an organizer of the workouts, but Gronkowski would only say, "We're all leading because we're all going there for the workouts, even though we don't have to and nothing is mandatory. No one is slacking. Everyone is there working hard, pushing each other to the max, so it's cool."

   Even though coaches aren't involved, Gronkowski said he still feels way ahead of last year when he was a rookie.

   He said, "Coming in as a rookie is crazy, learning a whole new playbook, a whole new system. Now it's awesome, already going in and having the knowledge of your playbook, your teammates and the system. It's definitely a step ahead because you know what to expect from everything."

Kraft The Next Best Option

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Rooney family, including  Chair Emeritus Dan Rooney and President Art Rooney II, topped the list of the best NFL owners in a poll conducted by The Rooneys were voted first or second on all eight panelists' ballots.

   The Patriots' Robert Kraft was second, followed by the executive committee of the Packers, John Mara and Steve Tisch of the Giants and Jeffrey Lurie of the Eagles. Rounding out the top 10 were Steve Bisciotti (Ravens), Jim Irsay (Colts), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Arthur Blank (Falcons) and Woody Johnson (Jets).

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