FOXBORO — After a wild day of reporting and speculation about the future of Bryan Stork, the offensive lineman was officially traded to the Washington Redskins Wednesday afternoon for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in next year’s draft.

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The official NFL transaction wire from Wednesday, confirming the trade of Stork to Washington.

FOXBORO — After a wild day of reporting and speculation about the future of Bryan Stork, the offensive lineman was officially traded to the Washington Redskins Wednesday afternoon for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in next year’s draft.

The day started with a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Stork, a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2014, had been released by the Patriots.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo even acknowledged his departure from the Patriots locker room, saying it was “tough” to see a close friend and teammate leave the team.

As practice began at 3 p.m. ET, reports surfaced from Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Stork was not formally released but rather traded to the Redskins, a team in dire need of a quality starting center. Stork was not in attendance at Patriots practice but his locker was still in tact during media availability midway through the day.

By the end of practice, another report had surfaced that Stork, with an estimated four concussions in the last four years, was actually considering retiring instead of reporting to Washington.

When the official transaction wire was published by the NFL at 5 p.m. ET, Stork’s trade to the Redskins for a 2017 conditional seventh-round pick was confirmed.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

A strange situation just got even stranger.

Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

A strange situation just got even stranger.

Early Wednesday morning center Bryan Stork was reportedly informed of his release from the Patriots. Then, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, word got out and the Redskins called the Patriots about a trade as the move hadn’t been official, and if he was just released any team in the league could have claimed him.

The Patriots then reportedly agreed to trade him to the Redskins for a conditional seventh-round pick, but that’s when things got even stranger.

According to multiple reports, Stork is now considering retiring. If that is the case, of course the trade would be nixed.

Stork is 25 years old and he’s had at least a concussion every year since his senior year at Florida State.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

A strange situation just got even stranger.

Early Wednesday morning center Bryan Stork was reportedly informed of his release from the Patriots. Then, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, word got out and the Redskins called the Patriots about a trade as the move hadn’t been official, and if he was just released any team in the league could have claimed him.

The Patriots then reportedly agreed to trade him to the Redskins for a conditional seventh-round pick, but that’s when things got even stranger.

According to multiple reports, Stork is now considering retiring. If that is the case, of course the trade would be nixed.

Stork is 25 years old and he’s had at least a concussion every year since his senior year at Florida State.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since pulling up with an apparent lower body injury Aug. 15 against the Bears.

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since pulling up with an apparent lower body injury Aug. 15 against the Bears.

The Patriots star tight end went through individual football drills after stretching with the team, the first time he’s been cleared to do that since going out on a sideline route and pulling up lame when going up for a pass from Tom Brady.

Before practice, Gronkowski had some fun on social media, taking a jab at the Cowboys for lifting the “Do Your Job” credo from the Patriots of 2014. He tweeted, “Hmm, the Cowboys’ new slogan sounds familiar … What are your thoughts??? #DoYourJobGate.

The Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.

Among those missing were Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Alan Branch, Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer.

Danny Amendola was again on hand for stretching but not with a helmet or shoulder shells, like the rest of the team, as he remains on the PUP list.

Amendola joined a group of Patriots that stretched and then went down the hill to the lower field to continue their work, separate from the team. Joining Amendola on the lower field were Malcolm Mitchell, Shea McClellin, Jabaal Sheard and Tre’ Jackson.

There was a special guest on hand as rock star Jon Bon Jovi attended practice and chatted with Patriots owner Robert Kraft during the media portion of practice. Bon Jovi’s music was playing on the speakers during stretching.

Bon Jovi’s former Arena League team, the Philadelphia Soul will battle the Arizona Rattlers this Friday in Arena Bowl XXIX at the same time Bill Belichick’s Patriots will play the Carolina Panthers in the third preseason game.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — The Bryan Stork story has taken a turn.

It turns out, the Patriots did not cut him — instead, they have dealt the center to the Redskins for a conditional draft pick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

FOXBORO — The Bryan Stork story has taken a turn.

It turns out, the Patriots did not cut him — instead, they have dealt the center to the Redskins for a conditional draft pick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The 25-year-old Stork was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 314-pounder had struggled with injuries over the last year-plus — he started just six games in 2015, and was on and off the field over the course of the summer during training camp.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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FOXBORO — The bond between Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady appears to be very solid, at least according to quarterback who will be filling in for Brady for the first four games.