No Brady or Gronk at Patriots OTAs for second straight day; Belichick won't comment
For the second straight day, New England Patriots stars Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were both missing from Patriots Organized Team Activities at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday.
Despite the fact that the Boston Herald reported that Brady and Gronk were at the TB12 Institute on Monday for treatment and were expected to do the same on Tuesday, their teammates hit the field without them just across the parking lot for day two of OTAs.
“I'm not going to talk about the people that aren't here. Guys that are here are improving. They're working hard and those are the guys we're going to focus on," said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.
As for Brady's teammates, they do not seem fazed by the absence of Brady from something that he once called the foundation to training camp.
“When they come they come, but right now we got to focus on what needs to be focused on and that is getting better each and every day,” said Patriots safety Duron Harmon.
“Is this a distraction that Tom’s not here? “No, I do not think so. I am focused on myself, we are all focused on getting better each day and that’s all we can do. I do not think it’s a distraction in anyway at all,” said Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.
As far as some good news, Julian Edelman was back at OTAs on his 32nd birthday. But the wide receiver was not a full participant, as he's returning from knee surgery.
The Patriots will have Wednesday off and will get back to OTAs on Thursday.
The OTA workouts are voluntary. Brady and Gronkowski are expected to show up for mandatory minicamp beginning June 5.