Edelman: We'll miss O'Brien

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Edelman: We'll miss O'Brien

FOXBORO -- The Patriots locker room was nearly desolate on Friday. Players arrived and then departed quickly at the start of the media availability period. The ones who lingered weren't talking.

Their resounding silence was a way to steer clear of the news that offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien had agreed to become the next coach at Penn State.

Julian Edelman was the only player who would speak on the subject.

"If it's true," Edelman said of O'Brien's new gig, "we'll miss him."

Edelman wouldn't indicate if O'Brien was in Foxboro on Friday, but he described O'Brien as a "charistmatic" and "emotional" coach, saying that the Patriots will benefit from having him around during their playoff run.

"He gets fired up when you get fired up. Billy, he's just a good guy . . . You love playing for him. You want to do well for him."

Edelman said he wasn't disappointed that O'Brien had chosen to take the job when he did, with the Patriots preparing to make a run at the Super Bowl.

"You're always happy to see a guy succeed and get opportunities," Edelman said. "When guys go different directions, it gives opportunities for other people. We'll see."

Even though it was more quiet than usual in Foxboro the day after the O'Brien news broke, Edelman insisted nothing has changed in terms of the team's preparation. O'Brien's impending departure was not a distraction.

"We're still getting ready for the playoffs. We didn't change anything," Edelman said. "We're going to get back to work here soon, enjoy a couple days off and rest."

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

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Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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