Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave an update on Jerod Mayo during a conference call on Monday, saying that the injured linebacker continues to make progress after missing the last two games with a sprained MCL. Mayo returned to practice for the first time last week.
"Jerod seems like he's better," said Belichick. "He works hard, as he always does. We'll see where he is when we get out on the field this week. He's certainly making progress."
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.
In a study published by medical journal JAMA, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research.
According to CNN, each brain studied was required to have football as its main exposure to head trauma. 202 total brains of deceased football players, including high school, college and professional, were studied. A whopping 177 were diagnosed with CTE.
It should be noted the study points out potential bias since relatives of players could have submitted the brains due to clinical symptoms they noticed while the players were alive.
Regardless, the JAMA study's results are alarming, especially since it is the largest CTE study to date.