Gronkowski excited to play with older brother


Gronkowski excited to play with older brother

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Rob Gronkowski didnt have to give his older brother, Dan, alecture on how business goes down in New England.

Dan already knows.

Hes been here for a couple hours, so I think hes got thatdown, said Rob on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots announced the signing of Dan on Wednesday, andwhile he was too busy trying to catch up on his Week 1 preparations to talk tothe media during his first day in New England, his younger brother Robdiscussed his excitement for his teams newest addition.

You get excited, definitely, said Rob. Its a familymember. Im grateful to have my brothers in the league. And when it comes downto it, when you get a brother on the same team, I mean, thats awesome.

It was already a dream come true that he was in the NFL,but at the same time, to have him on your team, its awesome to have someonethere for a lot more support.

Like Rob, Dan is a tight end. Hes four years older thanRob and is enteringhis third year in the league, but he has actually played in less NFL games than Rob, who is in his second season.

For those unfamiliar with the former Detroit Lions andDenver Broncos tight end, Rob gave a scouting report on his older brother.

Hes just a hard worker, said Rob. Wherever he is, hesjust always working hard, in the weight room, on the field, off the fieldstudying. Hes just going to be a hard worker, trying to get down all the playsright away.

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Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury


Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.

Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.

Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.

Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.

That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.

Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.

Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.

We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.

Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.

The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.

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