FOXBORO -- Twice on Tuesday the Patriots were winged by injury bullets.
We already told you that Julian Edelman's surgically-repaired left foot - while the cause of his practice departure - is not a serious aggravation of the affected area.
Now, after confirming Mike Reiss' report of a torn triceps that isn't expected to need surgery for Rob Ninkovich we have more semi-good news.
According to a medical source, a non-operative triceps tear will take "a couple of weeks" of downtime to heal and then training can resume.
Ninkovich had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed no tendon damage according to Reiss. That basically makes surgery unnecessary.
While Ninkovich -- based on the timetable provided -- could be back for the start of the season, the pressing and pulling a defensive end has to do puts unique stress on the triceps. So making sure the arm is prepared for the unusual act of trying to discard 300-pound men or tearing 230-pound men to the ground is pretty important.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.