Source: Koppen suffers broken left ankle


Source: Koppen suffers broken left ankle

By Phil Perry

According to CSNNE's Mike Giardi, Patriots center Dan Koppen has a broken ankle.

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Koppen was carted off the field Monday night after a Dolphin rolled over his lower left leg. Dan Connolly replaced Koppen at center and held his own.Asked after the game about the impending loss of Koppen for an extended stretch, Tom Brady said, "Thats tough, man, hes the best. Theres no one like him. I think he and I have a great chemistry between the two of us we always have. Hes one of my great friends and hopefully hes back at some point.It's been a while since Brady's had someone else snapping the ball to him on a regular basis.Were certainly going to miss him, but at the same time other guys have to have to step in and do the job," said Brady. "I mean, I think thats part of what this games all about is other guys stepping in when theyre called upon and executing just like Koppen was in there."The injury thins the Patriots offensive line even further. They are already without starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who is out with a back injury.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”