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Bryan Stork reportedly could retire from football following rumored trade 08.24.16 at 4:28 pm ET
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Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

A strange situation just got even stranger.

Early Wednesday morning center Bryan Stork was reportedly informed of his release from the Patriots. Then, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, word got out and the Redskins called the Patriots about a trade as the move hadn’t been official, and if he was just released any team in the league could have claimed him.

The Patriots then reportedly agreed to trade him to the Redskins for a conditional seventh-round pick, but that’s when things got even stranger.

According to multiple reports, Stork is now considering retiring.

Stork is 25 years old and he’s had at least a concussion every year since his senior year at Florida State.

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Broncos DE Derek Wolfe: My favorite NFL player to tackle is Tom Brady 08.24.16 at 1:29 pm ET
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Broncos DE Derek Wolfe sacked Tom Brady once in the regular season and once in the postseason. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe sacked Tom Brady once in the regular season and once in the postseason. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Broncos and Patriots have had some good battles over the last few seasons and the teams don’t exactly love one another.

On a recent Barstool Sports episode of “The Life” Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was asked who his favorite player in the NFL is to tackle.

“Tom Brady, duh,” Wolfe said. “I just don’t like quarterbacks in general. I have a lot of respect for them, don’t get me wrong, but I like competing against the best, so in my mind I have to hate you. Sorry.”

Wolfe sacked Brady once in the regular season matchup last season and also again in the AFC championship game.

There was also a story last offseason where Wolfe told Brady he wanted to “eat his kids.” Wolfe cleared that story up as well.

“OK, so there is a story behind that,” he said. “That was not directed at Tom Brady. That was actually a whole different team. It was the Chargers. It was Philip Rivers. We were going back and forth the whole game and I said some things I should’ve had said probably, but I was pissed off. T.J. was misspoken when he said I said that about Tom Brady. It was not Tom Brady. Sorry, Tom for the misunderstanding.”

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Tom Brady hasn’t thought about what he’ll do during Deflategate suspension 08.23.16 at 3:53 pm ET
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Tom Brady didn't have much to offer on what he will do during his Deflategate suspension. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Tom Brady didn’t have much to offer on what he will do during his Deflategate suspension. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — With Tom Brady suspended the first four games of the season because of Deflategate, many have speculated what he will do during those weeks as he isn’t allowed to be at the Gillette Stadium facility, or have any contact with his teammates.

Some have thought he might call former teammates Randy Moss and Wes Welker to work out with him to keep him in as close to game shape as possible.

On Tuesday Brady was asked directly what he will do during that time and the quarterback said he hadn’t really thought about it.

“I haven’t put much thought into it,” Brady said. “It’s been busy, obviously with the practices and so forth. We’ve still got a couple important weeks for this training and for this phase of the season. I want to put all my effort and thoughts into this week and next week, try to go out and play in a couple good preseason games, see if I can get some of that game action and then deal with that when it comes.”

After Sept. 3, eight days before the season opener, Brady will leave Gillette Stadium and not be back until Oct. 3, six days before the team’s Oct. 9 game in Cleveland.

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Bill Belichick on QB situation: ‘Jimmy [Garoppolo’s] preparation for the Arizona opener is the most important’ 08.23.16 at 3:43 pm ET
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Bill Belichick said nothing has changed when it comes to his team's quarterbacks in the preseason. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick said nothing has changed when it comes to his team’s quarterbacks in the preseason. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick is a man of his word.

During his first press conference before training camp, Belichick said Jimmy Garoppolo being ready for Sept. 11 in Arizona would be the priority during training camp and the preseason.

Tuesday, he was asked again about the quarterbacks and he gave essentially the same answer.

“Nothing’s changed,” Belichick said. “All three quarterbacks are extremely important. Jimmy’s preparation for the Arizona opener is the most important. Nothing’s changed, and that’s not going to change. That’s the way it’s going to be.”

Tom Brady hasn’t played in any of the two preseason games, while Garoppolo started both, although last Thursday was unexpected after Brady cut his thumb with scissors before the game.

Belichick was also pressed on why Brady left the stadium and didn’t stay for the game.

“Some are, some aren’t, but what difference does it make?” Belichick said when asked if injured players stay at the stadium during games. “It doesn’t make any difference. Guys that are out there playing are playing, guys that aren’t are doing something else, whatever that happens to be. They could be doing treatment, they could be at home, they could be here, they could be in the press box. It depends on what their situation is and what they need to do.”

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Tom Brady, Jabaal Sheard, Patrick Chung return to Patriots practice 08.23.16 at 3:29 pm ET
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Tom Brady

Tom Brady

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news out on the practice field Tuesday afternoon as Tom Brady, Patrick Chung and Jabaal Sheard all returned.

Brady missed the last two days with an “excused” absence not related to his thumb. Sheard hasn’t been seen since the first preseason game well over a week ago and Chung missed Monday’s session.

There were six players missing from the practice all together: Dion Lewis (PUP), Jonathan Cooper (foot), Shaq Mason (hand), Sebastian Vollmer (PUP), Rob Gronkowski (unknown injury) and Alan Branch (reported team suspension).

After stretching the following players went down to the lower fields to work on their conditioning: Sheard, Rob Ninkovich, Shea McClellin, Malcolm Mitchell, Tre’ Jackson and Danny Amendola. It would appear these players will not be ready to play in Friday’s preseason game in Carolina.

As it relates to Brady, he didn’t appear to be impacted by his thumb at all as he was throwing like usual to open the practice.

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Patriots rookie RB D.J. Foster ‘excited’ for potential opportunity to play Friday vs. Panthers 08.23.16 at 1:19 pm ET
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Patriots rookie RB D.J. Foster hasn't played in either of the first two preseason games. (WEEI.com)

Patriots rookie RB D.J. Foster hasn’t played in either of the first two preseason games. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — D.J. Foster hasn’t played in any of the first two Patriots preseason games this season, but that’s because he wasn’t a full participant in practice in a couple of weeks.

That appeared to change Monday as he didn’t go down to the lower fields after stretching unlike past sessions, which indicated he likely was a full participant.

This could mean if all goes well in practice, he could see the field Friday night in Carolina.

“Yeah, I am excited,” Foster said. “Just come to work each day and continuously get better and make sure mentally I am there with the playbook as I am studying it as much as I can.”

Foster was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent right after the draft, but was slowed by an injury suffered in the spring, but said feels good now.

“It’s been something that has just been lingering,” Foster said. “I’ve been doing all the rehab I can and they’ve been doing a great job just continuously being involved mentally in the game and I am just learning as much as I can.”

Added Foster: “I feel good. I am still just continuing to work and that’s on the coaching staff, whatever they want me to do out there. I feel good. I am going to keep going and do whatever I can each day and continuously improve.”

Last year with Arizona State, he rushed for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 62 passes for 688 yards and three touchdowns out of the backfield.

With Dion Lewis being out at least for the first part of the season and Donald Brown reportedly being released, there seems to be an opportunity for Foster to make his mark and potentially land on the 53-man roster.

He isn’t thinking about it though, as he says he’s taking things one day at at time.

“That’s kind of out of my control,” Foster said. “A lot of stuff, a lot of moving parts and stuff always going on. For me, it’s kind of just coming to work and just focus on what I can do, continuing to get healthier and keep in the playbook. Go out there and do what I can.”

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Report: DE Jabaal Sheard has sprained MCL 08.23.16 at 10:27 am ET
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Jabaal Sheard

Jabaal Sheard

Now we know why Jabaal Sheard hasn’t been on the practice field since the first preseason game.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots’ defensive end has a sprained MCL.

The injury isn’t viewed as overly serious and has been given an initial recovery timeframe of 2-4 weeks, which means he could be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Sheard suffered the injury in the first preseason game where he looked solid and had a forced fumble. He likely will have an increased role this year, his second with the team, after the team traded away Chandler Jones in the offseason and now is dealing with an injury to Rob Ninkovich.

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