Welker (neck) meets with media, adds little on injury

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Welker (neck) meets with media, adds little on injury

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Wes Welker met with media Tuesday for the first time since injuring his neck against the Lions. He didn't tell anyone anything they didn't already know. Welker was injured when he made a tackle following a Tom Brady interception. Asked what happened on the play, Welker answered, "Guy made a good play on the ball and I needed to make the tackle so I went in there and made the tackle and got him down."Clearly.Whathappened tohis neck? Did he lose feeling? Did he suffer a stinger? "I don't really recall," Welker claimed. "I just remember making sure everything was all right and the doctors checking me out and trying to get ready for the next game."Since he found it impossible to remember what happened, I asked Welker if he suffered memory loss or was knocked out. He obviously didn't. He was just being unnecessarily obtuse about the injury. "You all put me in some bad positions," he answered. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

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Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

At Tuesday night’s Patriots Premiere event, tight end Rob Gronkowski was presented with the 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award.

Gronkowski is the 14th player to have received the award that is named for the late Ron Burton. The first player the Patriots organization ever drafted, Burton was well-known for his charitable work.

“Ever since I’ve been here, following the Krafts, the whole Kraft family, from Myra Kraft, Mr. Kraft, all his sons, seeing everyone lead by example, how they give back to the community every single week was just an honor to see,” said Gronkowski, “I just wanted to be a part of it and give back to the community in a positive way.”

Those who have received the award in the past include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010), Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).

"Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," said Kraft. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.' He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year's Ron Burton Community Service Award."

Gronk, never shy about cracking a joke, entertained the crowd like only he can.

“Who would have ever thought five years ago when I was on ESPN every weekend drunk that I’d be accepting this award?”

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.