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Patriots' LeGarrette Blount: Roster status bears watching
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status."

Blount, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal, so as long as he is able to re-prove his health in camp, we suspect that he'll have a solid shot to reclaim his role as the team's top "big back." If Blount ends up being slowed at all, or injuries impact the Patriots' backfield depth in general as the summer rolls along, it remains possible that the team could elect to add further competition to the mix, thus making Blount's status worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

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Patriots' Nate Ebner: To participate in Olympics
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Ebner has been selected to the USA Rugby Men's Sevens team that will compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, NFL.com reports.

Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in March and will now remain away from the team while competing for his country in this summer's Olympics. An All-American rugby player at Ohio State and special teams standout in New England, Ebner signed a new contract with the Patriots earlier this year and is expected to rejoin his teammates in training camp after the Olympic rugby competition, which is scheduled from Aug. 6-11.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman: Continues to progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Though Edelman is progressing in his recovery from a Jones fracture in his left foot, he remains unsure when he'll be full-go on the field, the Boston Herald reports.

That said, per the report, things are "trending in the right direction" for the wideout, who noted Saturday that he's "feeling a day better than yesterday" and "feeling a second better than the last second." At this stage, the expectation is that Edelman will be available when the Patriots play in Week 1, though with QB Tom Brady set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Edelman and the rest of the team's receiving corps are on track to catch passes out of the gate from Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Patriots' Tom Brady: No longer proceeding with legal process
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Brady announced Friday he is no longer proceeding with the legal process regarding his involvement in "Deflategate," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Brady's request for a second hearing was denied by the Second U.S. District Court of Appeals on Wednesday, leaving the star quarterback with little optimism that his four-game suspension would ever be overturned. Without appealing to the Supreme Court, Brady will be sidelined while Jimmy Garoppolo leads the Patriots' offense for the beginning of the season. Expect Brady to be back on the field when New England takes on the Browns in a Week 5 matchup.

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Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo: Likely starter for Patriots' first four games
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Due to Tom Brady's four-game suspension being enforced by the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals, Garoppolo will likely start the Patriots' first four regular season games.

Garoppolo will become the team's starter, while 2016 third-round pick Jacoby Brissett will presumably serve as his backup while Brady is out. The third-year pro will gain some valuable NFL starting experience through Brady's absence, and the playing time will give him a certain degree of fantasy value in the first quarter of the campaign. Furthermore, if Garoppolo is able to thrive in the role, his future trade value figures to be enhanced as well.

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