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Patriots’ special teamer Nate Ebner shines in win for United States rugby team 04.17.16 at 4:49 pm ET
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Patriots special teamer Nate Ebner is taking some time away from football to land a spot on the United States Olympic rugby team, and while he got lit up a few days ago, it appears he found his form Sunday in a 26-0 win over Portugal. Check out the video below.

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Nate Ebner to make USA rugby debut this weekend 04.07.16 at 12:55 pm ET
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Nate Ebner will make his USA rugby debut perhaps earlier than he first anticipated.

According to The Guardian, Ebner had been playing in the Hong Kong Tens tournament, but he will now replace Carlin Isles in Mike Friday’s US squad. Ebner will have four HSBC Sevens World Series events in which to make his case to make the Olympic team.

“I am absolutely not guaranteed a spot,” Ebner said on a conference call recently. “I have to try out for the team like anybody else and I have to earn a spot like anybody. I’m just lucky to even have the opportunity to even try.”

Ebner signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Patriots last month and then shortly thereafter announced he would be taking a leave of absence to pursue his Olympic goal. If he does make the team, he will likely miss the first few weeks of training camp.

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Nate Ebner ‘thankful’ for Patriots allowing him to pursue U.S. Olympic rugby dream 03.15.16 at 6:47 pm ET
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Nate Ebner is thankful for the Patriots allowing him to give the U.S. Olympic rugby team a shot. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Nate Ebner is thankful for the Patriots allowing him to give the U.S. Olympic rugby team a shot. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

For most NFL players, football is the game they grew up with and was their first love. But, that is not the case for Patriots special teamer Nate Ebner.

Ebner grew up playing rugby and it wasn’t until he walked on to the football team at Ohio State before he actually played football.

As a kid it was always a dream of Ebner’s to play rugby in the Olympics and he has a chance to live out that dream this summer, as the Patriots have allowed him to take a leave of absence from the team and train with the U.S. rugby team to potentially earn a spot on the Summer Olympic team.

“I was just thankful that between me and the Patriots organization that they have allowed me to do it,” Ebner said on a conference call Tuesday. “I am truly blessed and lucky for the opportunity.”

Ebner will begin training in California and acknowledged he isn’t guaranteed a spot on the team, but said if he didn’t give it a shot it would have been something he would regret.

“I have to earn a spot just like anyone else,” he said.

The 27-year-old didn’t want to disclose the conversations with Bill Belichick or the team about requesting the time away, but said Belichick understands rugby is a passion of his and that is what allowed the team to grant him a leave of absence.

“At the end of the day, I think Bill understands rugby is a passion of mine and that is where my background lies,” Ebner said. “I expressed my desire to chase the Olympic dream in a sport that I love and grew up playing. At the end of the day, I got my opportunity and I am looking forward to working really hard to make that come true.”

Ebner stopped playing rugby his junior year at Ohio State, but he’s still kept in touch with his friends from when he played and that is what led him to wanting to give the Olympics a shot.

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Nate Ebner reportedly taking leave of absence from Patriots for US rugby team. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Nate Ebner reportedly taking leave of absence from Patriots for US rugby team. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots officially announcing Nate Ebner’s two-year contract extension isn’t the only news of the day with the Patriots’ special teamer.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ebner is taking a leave of absence from the Patriots to begin training for the USA rugby team and the Summer Olympics. He will return in August.

It seems if he does make the Olympic team, he will likely miss the beginning of training camp, but should return in good shape and not be far behind.

Ebner is no stranger to national rugby teams. At 17 years old, he became the youngest player ever to play on the US national rugby sevens team. He also played fifteen-a-side rugby on the US’ U-19 and U-20 national teams and was named MVP for the teams at both the 2007 and 2008 IRB Junior World Championships.

He walked on to the football team at Ohio State before being taken by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

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DB Nate Ebner inks two-year deal to return to Patriots 03.12.16 at 3:54 pm ET
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Nate Ebner and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a new deal, according to his agent Sean Stellato.

Ebner, 27, was a sixth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2012. The 6-foot, 210-pounder has distinguished himself as a special teams ace in his four seasons with the Patriots, having played in 57 regular-season games with 11 tackles.

According to Tom E. Curran of Comcast New England, it’s a two-year contract.

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Free agent reset: Looking at Patriots players set to hit open market 03.09.16 at 1:46 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount would like to return to New England next season. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount would like to return to New England next season. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

With free agency set to kick off officially at 4 p.m. Wednesday, here’s a reminder of which ones of the Patriots are set to hit the market.

It’s worth noting a few players likely do not have a chance of returning to New England, as Scott Chandler, Brandon LaFell, Darius Fleming and Leonard Johnson were all released by the team. Also, Brandon Gibson, Brian Tyms and Sealver Siliga indicated they will not be returning on social media recently.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell: It was a tough year for Wendell as he was put on injured reserve in early November after playing in just two games. He missed most of training camp with a mysterious illness. The 30-year-old has played all seven of his seasons with the Patriots and was voted a team captain this past season. It would seem the Patriots would be open for Wendell returning, as he would give the interior line some much needed experience.

Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks: Hicks may be the biggest of the Patriots’ free agents and he has received a lot of interest around the league this week. Chris Price reports the Patriots are one of 11 teams to reach out to the defensive tackle who was traded to the Patriots early on last season from the Saints. Hicks made an impact on the defensive line, but he may be too pricey to keep, especially with the team already having Dominique Easley, Malcom Brown, Alan Branch and Chris Jones already under contract for next year.

Running back LeGarrette Blount: This past season ended early for the running back as he was played on injured reserve with a hip issue. He ended the 2015 campaign with 165 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns. In his three total seasons with New England (with a stop in Pittsburgh in between), he has 378 carries for 1,756 yards and 16 touchdowns. On Periscope Wednesday morning, Blount indicated he would like to return to the Patriots. The team certainly will be looking at other free agent running backs as well.

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Nate Ebner only Patriots player missing from practice 01.11.16 at 1:36 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots began their preparations for the Chiefs Monday afternoon practicing on the cold and windy practice field behind Gillette Stadium.

The only player missing from the session was safety/special teamer Nate Ebner. He was spotted with a cast on his right arm last week during Thursday’s walkthrough.

Tom Brady (ankle) looked good during the portion of practice the media saw, as did Julian Edelman (foot), who was moving well and cutting during passing drills. With it being Monday, there will be no injury report released.

The Patriots will host the Chiefs Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round.

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