Tight end Rob Gronkowski was named this year’s winner of the Ron Burton Community Service Award on Tuesday night in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium.

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was named this year’s winner of the Ron Burton Community Service Award on Tuesday night in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium.

Gronkowski is the 14th player to win the award, which is named in honor of the late Ron Burton, the first player drafted by the team and a community leader whose widespread charitable work was a model for how a Patriots player can make an impact off the field.

“Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field,” said Kraft. “Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.’ He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year’s Ron Burton Community Service Award.”

The three-time All-Pro joins a select group of Patriots players to receive the honor. Past recipients include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010) and Kevin Faulk (2009).

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Christopher Price

What did Tom Brady reveal Tuesday about his plans for his 4-week suspension? Does he really want to play Thursday night against the Giants? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia has the Tuesday report from Foxboro.

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Nate Solder

Nate Solder

Last October was a very tough month for the Solder family.

Nate suffered a biceps injury on Oct. 11 in the Patriots’ game against the Cowboys and then just a few days later, Solder and his wife Lexi learned their three-month old son Hudson was diagnosed with bilateral kidney tumors, or Wilms tumors.

“When we were driving to the hospital, I think we both cried the entire way,” Solder said Tuesday on with Dennis & Callahan, part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. “It probably was a few weeks where we just cried all the time. It was really emotional. It was really hard. The crazy thing, and the weird thing about it was, I got injured the week before the diagnosis. As crazy as it was, the injury was a blessing. I got to be with these guys and go through it without the stress and worry of the season — all those sorts of things.”

Hudson started chemotherapy two days later and since last October he’s undergone 21 chemotherapy treatments. He has them every three weeks now and the plan is for just three more.

Solder discussed how much support he received from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick.

“It was so uplifting the way my teammates have supported us this whole time,” he said. “They were putting together meals for us. They were calling us on a weekly basis. They were reaching out to us and really it went far beyond anything on the football field — just the human element. It’s been so supportive and so moving to have guys like that.”

“Coach Belichick has been amazing,” Solder added. “He really has been amazing. He’s been so supportive with anything we need with Hudson and him reaching out. He even sends me text messages and encouragement all the time.”

After missing the rest of the season last year, Solder is back with the team this season as their starting left tackle. He said football serves as a way to get away from everything going on at home with Hudson and he appreciates the game even more.

“Football has been a release from all the stress from him,” Solder said. “Football was the biggest stress in my life before and now it’s like an escape. It’s fun. I get to kind of take my mind off of things at home and things. I’ve really appreciated and enjoyed it like never before.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots are now officially down to 75 players.

On Tuesday, the team released offensive lineman Keavon Milton, linebacker Ramon Humber and tight end Steven Scheu.

FOXBORO — The Patriots are now officially down to 75 players.

On Tuesday, the team released offensive lineman Keavon Milton, linebacker Ramon Humber and tight end Steven Scheu.

They also placed offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis on PUP to start the season. This means they can return following Week 6, but not after Week 11. In Vollmer’s case, it doesn’t look like he will play at all, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Patriots will play their fourth and final preseason game Thursday night against the Giants before rosters need to be cut down to the final 53 players by Saturday.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — It appears the Patriots will officially be without Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer to start the season.

Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis

FOXBORO — It appears the Patriots will officially be without Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer to start the season.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Lewis will start the season on PUP and so will Vollmer, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter added Vollmer is “more likely than not” missing the entire season.

Players on PUP can return following Week 6, but before Week 11.

This is not much of a surprise for either player.

Lewis reportedly needs a “clean-up” surgery on his knee, but involving the ACL he tore last season and Vollmer is reportedly dealing with a number of injuries, including his hip and shoulder.

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Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick won't be around Tom Brady for about a month starting Saturday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick won’t be around Tom Brady for about a month starting Saturday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady didn’t get into what he will be doing during the month away from the team during his Deflategate suspension on Tuesday.

And like Brady, Bill Belichick wasn’t up for talking about what it will be like for him not having Brady around for roughly a month.

Brady did miss the entire 2008 season after tearing his ACL in Week 1, so Belichick and the team have been through something similar in the past, but at least back then he could be at the Gillette Stadium facility.

“I mean it is what it is,” Belichick said. “Like you said, it was that way most of the ’08 season. It’s out of our control. We’re not worried about it, we’re moving forward, control what we can control and do what we can do.”

After this Saturday (Sept. 3), Brady isn’t allowed to be at Gillette Stadium, or communicate with his coaches or teammates until his suspension is over, which is following Week 4 against the Bills (Oct. 2).

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Looking back at the first three preseason games, many have looked into the dynamic between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.