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Zolak: Rob Gronkowski 'hasn't lifted' since retirement, feels like 'a different guy'

Zolak: Rob Gronkowski 'hasn't lifted' since retirement, feels like 'a different guy'

Will Rob Gronkowski return to the New England Patriots?

In the absence of any other news, that's been the main obsession of Patriots fans this summer. And Scott Zolak offered another clue Monday.

During Monday's episode of "Zolak & Bertand," Zolak shared some insights into Gronkowski's retirement workout regimen, courtesy of the ex-tight end's girlfriend, Camille Kostek.

"I talked to his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, down at that cheerleading thing. He hasn't lifted anymore," Zolak said, as aired on NBC Sports Boston. "And it's not like he hasn't lifted since he retired. She goes, 'He has not been putting weight on his back for a while now.' He's been doing the band training, and he feels like a different guy."

Gronk's appearance seems to confirm Zolak's intel, as the 30-year-old has looked considerably slimmed-down in his various public appearances this summer.

It makes sense why Gronkowski would avoid heavy lifting, too: He's had multiple back surgeries and dealt with a bulging disc in his back last season that may have played a role in his decision to retire. Gronk also has a good resistance band training regimen to follow in Tom Brady's "TB12 Method," which he adopted later in his Patriots career.

But would band training be enough to prepare Gronk for an NFL comeback, which he may or may not consider later this season? Zolak actually believes so, suggesting Gronk could add some traditional lifts to his current regimen some time in the fall to put on a few pounds and "get back into game shape."

Of course, this is all speculation, as Gronk seems determined to keep Patriots fans guessing about whether he's really done playing football.

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Julian Edelman responds to Antonio Brown-to-Patriots rumor with company line

Julian Edelman responds to Antonio Brown-to-Patriots rumor with company line

Julian Edelman apparently took notes from Tom Brady's interview Thursday night.

The morning after Brady deflected a question about Antonio Brown's possible return to the New England Patriots, Edelman was asked about the same subject Friday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

Specifically: Is there any part of you that wants to see Brown back in a Patriots uniform this season?

"I don’t make personnel decisions," Edelman said, via WEEI.com. "My focus is entirely on the Dallas Cowboys.”

“We’ve got a huge game this week, this is a team that is playing very well and is a team you don’t get to see. This is America’s team. Everyone grew up either loving or hating the Cowboys. So, that’s where my focus is at."

Edelman's answer is right in line with that of his quarterback, who has repeatedly said that personnel decisions aren't up to him when asked about Brown or any other player with reported ties to the Patriots.

Brown spent just over two weeks as Edelman's teammate earlier this season before New England released him in September. The free-agent wide receiver -- whom the NFL is investigating for multiple allegations of sexual assault -- drummed up speculation about a Patriots return with a recent "apology" to team owner Robert Kraft on social media.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran is reporting the Patriots have no interest in bringing Brown back, though.

In any case, Edelman insists he's just keeping his head down -- to the point where he'll probably hear about any Patriots transaction just like the rest of us.

"I think that's the only way I find out," Edelman said when asked if he's ever learned about team news on social media. "We've got a department that handles that, and they do what's best for the team in their eyes, and we kind of just go out and play."

"There's been plenty of times when you look at the ticker and go, 'Oh, we signed that guy. Cool.' "

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Tom Brady addresses rumors of Antonio Brown possibly rejoining Patriots

Tom Brady addresses rumors of Antonio Brown possibly rejoining Patriots

The New England Patriots certainly could use some help offensively, and there's no doubt wide receiver Antonio Brown would provide a major boost.

Rumors continue to swirl about a possible reunion with Brown in New England after the seven-time Pro Bowler issued an apology via social media to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. And with the Patriots' offensive production being a serious concern at this point in the season, bringing the troubled wideout back could make sense if he's ruled eligible to play by the NFL.

But what does Tom Brady think about Brown potentially returning? He briefly shared his thoughts with Jim Gray of Westwood One on Thursday.

"I don't think those decisions honestly are up to me," Brady said. "They are not up to me when we cut players or sign players. I think the people in the personnel department decide those things. My job is to play quarterback and that is what I am trying to do as well as I possibly can."

As one would expect, the Patriots quarterback clearly has no interest in speaking about possible additions, especially when it involves a controversial player like Brown.

NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran reported Thursday the Patriots are not interested in bringing Brown back this season, so it looks like the rumors can be put to rest anyway.

Brady and the Patriots will face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for what's sure to be an entertaining Week 12 matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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