Gostkowski's ready to roll on his quad again


Gostkowski's ready to roll on his quad again

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Stephen Gostkowski's 2010 season ended on November 7 in Cleveland. It was after that game that the former Pro Bowler's right thigh hurt so much that he was sent for an MRI. The result -- his quad was torn away from the bone -- was the kind of news that makes a kicker's breath catch. "I've never been hurt from any sport before where I had to miss time," Gostkowski said Thursday at Gillette Stadium where he was attending a charity event. "Something so serious where it was my kicking leg -- I can't kick with another leg -- it was worrisome at first but I am doing well... I'm kicking just as well as I would this time of the year as I would any other year and I feel good about it." Gostkowski has been working outin Tennessee with Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, a player whose 2010 season was cut short by a torn ACL. Gostkowski said the two have formed a nice rehab support system for each other. "Each week it keeps getting better and better and better," Gostkowski said. "I'm very happy with where I'm at right now. I'm just going to work hard to be ready by camp. It's good, it's encouraging. I've managed to stay positive throughout the whole process."Gostkowski sounds as if he's gone with the appropriate caution in coming back, despite not being able to see the Patriots training staff. "It's been a slow progression," he explained. "Like a pitcher playing toss, then he's playing long toss, then he's throwing off the mound, so it's been a slow progression over the last couple of months. Little baby steps. The fear of reinjuring or hurting myself while I (train) is completely out the window. It's just encouraging to feel better each week. As long as I don't overdo it and am smart about it (things should be fine) because we still have a long way to go until camp." On that front, Gostkowski doesn't sound like he's keeping himself actively in the loop. "I'm just itching to get back at it," he said. "Whenever this stuff resolves, it resolves and we'll be back and it'll be all normal again. I'm just going to wait until that happens and not worry about anything until it does."

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Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell


Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.

Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. 

Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.

"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."

Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.

"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."

Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.

"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.