View Full Version : Bruschi may return to Patriots this year

1st & Goal
10-15-2005, 02:29 PM
NFL.com wire reports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Oct. 15, 2005) -- New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi is working toward a return to the Patriots -- this season, not next -- thanks to a faster-than-expected recovery from the stroke that sent him to the emergency room just days after playing in his first Pro Bowl.

Several obstacles remain: Bruschi has received favorable reports from doctors but not final medical clearance, and others involved in the decision -- including the team's lawyers and Bruschi's family -- have not signed off on it.

Bruschi said this summer he had no intention of coming back for the 2005 season. But the speed of his rehabilitation has made it possible for him to accelerate his schedule.

"Anybody we can get back to this football team at this point would help us, regardless of who it is," linebacker Mike Vrabel said. "Whoever we can have back, we'll take back."

Bruschi is eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list after the sixth week of the season, which starts on Oct. 17. Bruschi was not available for comment on Oct. 14. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he would leave any comment to Bruschi.

"If Tedy has something to say, I'm sure he's perfectly capable of saying that himself," Belichick said. "I have nothing to add to that situation whatsoever. Zero."

Bruschi has declined repeated interview requests from The Associated Press.

10-15-2005, 02:52 PM
I can say that I don't want him back this year. I have already come to grips that he is out for the year. If he comes back and f*cks himself up worse and is never able to come back I'm gonna be pissed.

With that said, if he does come back I heard he is shooting for the monday night game vs. the Colts, the only game I'm going to be at this year.