Faulk, Brace returning to practice this week

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Faulk, Brace returning to practice this week

FOXBORO - With the NFL season turning six weeks old last weekend, players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list became eligible to practice this week. Veteran running back Kevin Faulk is one of them. So is Ron Brace. Teams have a three-week window in which to make a decision on their PUP guys. So Faulk and Brace could have been held out until the start of Week 10. Once activated from the PUP, teams have another three weeks to either put that player on the active roster or on injured reserve. We'll be checking on the other PUPed player, Brandon Deaderick.

Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL

Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who signed with the Patriots in May, announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Hawkins obviously never suited up for a game with the Pats, but he played for the Bengals from 2011-13 and the Browns from 2014-16. The 31-year-old accumulated 209 receptions for 2,419 yards over the course of his short career.

He announced his decision to retire on Twitter via UNINTERRUPTED, noting his body has not felt the way it should through OTAs and the summer. As for what he has planned after football, he will pursue his Ph.D. in economics.