FOXBORO — Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio announced Sunday morning that wide receiver Wes Welker will come off the PUP list and return to practice immediately.

“Wes [Welker] will return to practice this morning,” Caserio said in a press conference prior to the start of Sunday morning’s practice. “He’s ready to go now. He’s deemed physically ready to go based on the tests and what our trainers have decided.”

FOXBORO — When it comes to assessing David Patten’s place in Patriots’ history, the numbers only tell a small portion of the story.

According to a report from Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Patriots linebacker Derrick Burgess continues to tell both current and former players he is retiring, but has yet to file paperwork with the league office. Burgess, who has yet to report to Patriots' training camp, signed a one-year deal with New England this past offseason. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Friday that the team still expects Burgess to report. “Of course, Derrick wasn’t here yesterday,” Belichick said Friday morning. “We expect him to be here. He’s not here.

FOXBORO — Veteran wide receiver David Patten announced his retirement Saturday.

The 35-year-old, who played with the Patriots from 2001 until 2004, re-signed with New England as a free agent this past February after being out of the league for the entire 2009 season. He said he felt good after a couple of days of training camp, but instead, it was the mental grind that he found himself unable to deal with.

“When you lose it mentally, you can’t play at this level,” Patten said. “You can’t play at a high level.”

FOXBORO — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he’s not going to let his contract situation affect the way he goes about his business this season.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spoke to the media for just over 14 minutes on Friday morning at training camp and assured everyone that his ongoing contract talks with the Patriots will not be a distraction as he prepares for his 11th season with the team. 


Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the opening of training camp. Asked about Tom Brady's contract situation, he said, "It's going to get done. I think it's inevitable."


Speaking to the New York Times, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Tom Brady would return 'one way or another' and that he was confident the quarterback's contract would be extended beyond this season. "He's going to be here," Kraft told The Times Thursday. "I love the guy. We're so lucky to have him.

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the fact that outside linebacker Derrick Burgess was unexpectedly absent from the first day of training camp on Thursday.

Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Belichick sounded like he was caught slightly off guard by the fact that Burgess wasn’t in attendance at either practice on Thursday. According to reports, the 31-year-old is contemplating retirement.

Starting over. New beginnngs. A clean slate. Those themes were everyone at Gillette Stadium, both literally and metaphorically, when training camp began on Thursday morning.