BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots returned to Foxboro on Monday, but once again, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are not joining them.
After attending last week’s mandatory minicamp, the QB and tight end are sitting out this week’s four OTA sessions at Gillette Stadium. Brady and Gronkowski also skipped out the first seven weeks of New England’s offseason program this summer.
When chatting with reporters last Thursday, Brady cited “personal reasons” for missing previous sessions and would not commit to showing up this week.
“Just enjoying my time with my family, bringing my kids to school, supporting my family the best I can,” Brady told the MMQB’s Albert Breer. “They’ve been supporting me. It goes both ways. I wish I could be in five different places at one time, but that’s not life. I’ve enjoyed it. I’m never going to look back and regret spending time with my wife and my kids, and being a part of their life.
“I mean, I’m trying to get to ready to play, doing whatever I can do to get ready to play,” Brady continued. “I love this team, I love this organization, and I try to be a good example.”
As for Gronkowski, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reports his decision to stay away is to avoid risking an injury before finalizing a new contract with the team:
The Patriots will hold OTA sessions this week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in Foxboro. Both players are expected to be back at Gillette for the start at training camp in late July.