Patriots training camp notes: Love hurt, Brady frustrated


Patriots training camp notes: Love hurt, Brady frustrated

FOXBORO -- Kyle Love was face down for several minutes on his stomach with his hand to his head. When he left the field, trainers seemed to test for concussion, then seemed more concerned with trying to flush his eye. Love left the field and didn't return.

Tom Brady was 14-for-21 passing on the day. He cooled off quite a bit during the end of practice when the offense was running a two-minute drill. He wasn't too pleased with the execution either, screaming at one point, "What are we doing here?!" His agitation seemed directed at Donald Thomas.

The starting offensive line in 11-on-11 was Nate Solder, Thomas (in place of the newly-retired Robert Gallery), Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon.

Cornerback Ras-I Dowling made the biggest play of the during the 11-on-11 portion of practice, intercepting a Brian Hoyer pass deep down the left sideline that was intended for Aaron Hernandez.

One of the most entertaining drills in camp has been 1-on-1 tackling. On Sunday, Jerod Mayo took down Hernandez. Bobby Carpenter got blown away by Shane Vereen. Hernandez stepped around Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Eckel beat Dane Fletcher and Alex Silvestro got tacked down by Aaron Lavarias. The move of the session went to Julian Edelman -- who took the hardest hit of the drill from Dane Fletcher moments earlier -- because he sent Josh Barrett to the ground with a jump stop and quick direction change.

James Ihedigbo and Matt Slater were out of their red "DON'T TOUCH ME!" jerseys and are now touchable.

Spencer Larsen, Tracy White, Tim Bulman, Visanthe Shiancoe and Matt Kopa were down in addition to the players still on PUP.

Brandon Spikes was wearing a brace on his right knee. He left Wednesday's practice after the big brouhaha with a knee issue.

Vince Wilfork nearly flipped over the one-player sled during one of the early drills. I mean flipped it over backwards. Scary strong.

A number of defensive backs and wideouts with special teams responsibilities worked on punt blocks and then the scoopscore move.

Wide receivers and defensive backs spent time trying to beatget jams at the line. Ross Ventrone struggled. Wes Welker abused Ras-I Dowling. Julian Edelman and Matt Slater both beat Kyle Arrington. Devin McCourty did well.

Brandon Lloyd took a lap around the field when he jumped the gun at the line of scrimmage for a false start.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Danny Picard contributed to this report.

Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary


Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary

PHILADELPHIA - Chris Long is donating the rest of his year's salary to increase educational equality.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," Long told The Associated Press. "I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country."

Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.

The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long's foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.

The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."

Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.

"Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.


Gronkowski advises Hayward to treat rehab like anything else -- dominate

Gronkowski advises Hayward to treat rehab like anything else -- dominate

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski's never suffered a break like the one Gordon Hayward did on Tuesday night, but he has been through enough to know what lies ahead as the Celtics forward stares at a lengthy recovery period.

"I saw it. I mean, I wish him nothing but wellness," Gronkowski said on Wednesday. "Hopefully he heals ASAP. You never want to see that with a player in any sport. When my friend showed me that last night, you get that feeling in your body, like, your heart drops. I wish him well.

"I can't wait to see him back. I know he's going to bounce back. Being here in Boston, he's going to be a hard worker it feels like. I can't wait to see him back."


Multiple back surgeries, a plate in his arm, a surgically-repaired ACL . . . Gronkowski has put in his share of rehabilitation work. Asked if he'd give Hayward any advice as he embarks on his road back to normalcy, Gronkowski's message was simple.

"Just go into rehab just like you go into anything else. Dominate it," Gronkowski said. "Come back when you feel ready. Come back when you're 100 percent . . . He wouldn't be where he is now if he wasn't a hard worker. I don't know the guy. Never met him. But it's not something you want to see as an athlete happen to anyone else."

Gronkowski acknowledged that in his experience, one of the biggest hurdles following an injury like that is the mental one. You quickly go from being a powerful athlete to a patient in need of help with even the smallest of tasks. 

"There is a big mental challenge, definitely, with that," Gronkowski explained. "It's not just not being able to be with your teammates and all that. It's outside of football, too. Because it takes away your whole life, going out like that . . . You can't do anything. You can't walk. You gotta have people do [things for you]. You get really frustrated. You just want the people around you to help you out and keep you in the best mindset throughout the whole process."