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, WEEI.com
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
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.
WEEI.com reports this is Brady's fifth surgery, including an ACL repair
and a scope on his throwing shoulder.
put the punch back in the Patriots red zone attack.
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
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 ESPN.com. 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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