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Despite concerns over knee, Tom Brady plays well in Patriots win over Tampa Bay

Tom Brady (courtesy NFL)

Three days ago the concern in Patriots Land was Tom Brady and his knee after a collision during a practice session between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Friday night in an exhibition game against the same Buccaneers, Brady shook off any effects of the sprained left knee and led the Patriots to a 25-21 win.

Playing the first two series, the former University of Michigan quarterback completed his first 11 passes and threw a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola to the delight of New England fans.

Broncos’ center Dan Koppen hurts left knee in team drills

Dan Koppen (courtesy Denver Broncos)

Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen suffered a serious left knee injury in a recent practice during the team’s 9-on-7 drills.

The 33-year-old Boston College graduate was caught in a pile during early workouts and was carted off the field.

On September 10, 2012, Koppen agreed to a 1-year deal with Denver.

It was revealed on Sunday that Koppen suffered a torn ACL and he will miss the entire 2013 season.

Earlier in Koppen’s NFL career, he played with the New England Patriots from 2003-2011.

Koppen was named to the Patriots’ 2000s all-decade team in 2010.

 

Demps latest Olympic sprinter to get NFL contract

 

Jeff Demps (courtesy of U of Florida)

There have been several Olympic sprinters to try their hand in the National Football League.

Back in 1968, 100-meter gold medalist Jim Hines, who was nicknamed “Oops” for his bad hands as a receiver to 1964 when Bob Hayes became a Hall of Famer for the Dallas Cowboys as a wide receiver to Renaldo Nehemiah.

The latest is Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, who signed a three-year contract with the New England Patriots. He is currently on injured reserved and could be out for the season.

The former running back at the University of Florida, was part of the United States’ 4 x 100-meter relay team in London.

 

Info courtesy of NFL, New England Patriots, Radio & TV news

Former USC, NFL LB Seau dead at 43 of apparent suicide

 

Junior Seau with Patriots (2008 photo by JJ Hall via wikipedia commons)

Former NFL All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau has died at age 43 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest on Wednesday.

Oceanside, California police were called to Seau’s home after his girlfriend police around 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time that she saw him in his bedroom unresponsive. EMT’s were unable to revive the former NFL star.

The San Diego, California native played for three NFL teams in 20 years, San Diego, Miami and the New England Patriots. His final season was 2009.

Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, 10-time All-Pro, 2-time AFC champion, was elected to the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame and their 50th anniversary team. He had 1,849 tackles, with 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions.

The Chargers made him the #5 overall selection in the 1990 NFL Draft as an All-American out of the University of Southern California.

 

Info compiled from NFL, USC, Radio & TV news

Bengals swap 21st pick to Patriots for 27th; grabs Wisconsin C/G Zeitler

 

Kevin Zeitler (courtesy of Wisconsin via collegepressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Bengals saw a need on their offensive line and decided to trade their 21st overall pick to the New England Patriots for the 27th pick and came up with a jewel of a player.

The player that they have coveted for months was Wisconsin guard-center Kevin Zeitler.

Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander says that Zeitler is like several other offensive lineman he has helped select over the years in the first round.

RT Willie Anderson in 1995, LT Levi Jones in 2002, and RT Andre Smith in 2009. This is the first time the Bengals have ever selected a guard in the first round.

At 6’3, 315-pounds Zeitler is the best of all the guards that Alexander has been able to select.

Alexander says he’s tougher than Matt O’Dwyer, as smart as Mike Goff and more tenacious as Nate Livings.

Zeitler can backup at center, and his brilliance helped him gain a 40 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL combine. He had over a 3.0 grade point average at Wisconsin as a student-athlete. He finished in the top 20 of his high school class at Lutheran High School in Wisconsin.

 

Info compiled from NFL Draft, Wisconsin athletics, Radio & TV news

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