Pariots’ Brady Likely to Skip Next Week’s Voluntary Workouts
By Karen Guregian
FOXBORO -- The New Enlgand Patriots return for practice (voluntary OTA) Monday, and have several more sessions during the week.
Unless he has a change of heart, Tom Brady won’t be there, even though there’s now more pressure on him to attend given Julian Edelman’s situation.
Brady, who attended mandatory minicamp after missing the first seven weeks of the offseason program, was evasive when asked if he planned on being out with his teammates for the OTAs.
“We’re not even through today yet,” he said. “We’ve had a good three days and been working on the things we need to work on. That’s what I always focus on.”
The Patriots quarterback, however, does not currently plan on being there as he sticks to a different offseason routine for “personal reasons.”
With the expected loss of Edelman for four games to a pending PED suspension, there’s the need for Brady to further connect and build trust with the newer receivers, particularly the slot guys -- be it Jordan Matthews, Riley McCarron and or Braxton Berrios -- if he’s cleared to practice.
At the moment, that chemistry-building will have to wait until training camp.
“Every year has different challenges, you know? There’s some years where, I mean obviously this team has very high expectations. We’re trying to win every game. That’s what our goals are,” Brady said Thursday. “I think those things we have a lot of time to work on literally. Figuratively there’s a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s going to be up to us individually to prepare as best we can and then collectively when we come together we do the same.”
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman posted an apology Friday in reference to the news that he is facing a four-game suspension for using PEDs.
“I am very sorry -- I don’t know what happened,” he posted via an Instagram story. “I’ve taken many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened. I apologize to the Kraft family, my coaches, teammates and fans. As this matter is being appealed,I can’t say anymorebut no matter what, I will be ready to play and pursue another championship with our team and for Patriots fans around the world.”
There has been no comment from the team regarding the suspension.
Edelman is facing a suspension that would keep him out of the first four games of this season. He would be eligible to return in Week 5 against Indianapolis.