Tough outcome for Wright


Tough outcome for Wright

Tough outcome for Mike Wright. The hard-nosed Patriots defensive lineman who made it into the league as an undrafted player from Cincinnati appears to be done as an NFL player because of concussions. The release Wednesday of Wright saved the Patriots 2.135 million against the salary cap but it had to be a hard call as Wright was the kind of success story the Pats embraced.How do we know this? Well, it was pretty clear Wright was a guy they enjoyed having in their organization, keeping him around after he went down with a concussion during the 2010-11 season, even after he missed final six games of that season as well as a playoff game. Still, he led the team that year with 5.5 sacks.
Ready to contribute this season, Wright suffered another concussion during the season opener in Miami.
The Patriots held off on putting him on the IR for four weeks, perhaps waiting to see if symptoms from the concussion would disappear.The symptoms stuck around, and the Pats had no choice but to place him on IR -- and ultimately cut a player who, if not for getting his bell rung too many times, would make a difference on a Patriots defense that could use difference makers.Far too often we hear of retired NFL players who aren't exactly pillars of health anymore, and now, a lot of that points back to concussions during their playing career.Here's to hoping Wright can get his health back and find happiness -- even if it's not in an NFL uniform anymore.

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.”