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Brady practicing as Patriots camp opens

There was a time, early this offseason, when the recovery of Tom Brady seemed like it would be the biggest story in the NFL as we approached the season.

Now he’s fully practicing on the first day of training camp and it barely makes a ripple.  (Okay, the news comes from Sportscenter so its making a small ripple.)

The lack of fanfare is partially by design; the Patriots have treated his recovery in the same “nothing to see here” manner that they treat most injuries.

But it’s also because his recovery has gone smoother than anyone expected when there were fresh memories of infections and follow up surgeries.

While Brady is healthy and happy at camp, not all of his teammates are.

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork showed up to camp on time, true to his word, but his agent isn’t happy with his lack of a contract extension.

“Our desire was, and is, a commitment to Vince that equals the one he
has made to the organization,” agent Kennard McGuire said.  “Today, we’re just not there. For a man
who is as passionate to the game as Vince Wilfork is, I truly feel this
is unjust.” 

While Wilfork is disappointed, there doesn’t appear to be much he can do right now.  Both sides won’t discuss where the contract negotiations are, but the Patriots hold the cards.

If Wilfork made it to 2010 without a new contract, it seems likely the Patriots would retain his services with the franchise tag.

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44 Responses to “Brady practicing as Patriots camp opens”
  1. Citizen Strange says: Jul 30, 2009 11:45 AM

    With Brady back as his starting QB Belichick can finally get back to the business of being a coaching legend genius.

  2. Patriots51 says: Jul 30, 2009 11:57 AM

    (insert crying here)Thats My quarterback!! Its definitly “in bill we trust” but if he plans on going with Ron Brace and letting Wilfork walk at the end of the year assuming they dont franchise him… thatll be one of the worst moves hes made as head coach

  3. footballnut says: Jul 30, 2009 11:57 AM

    It’s just how they like it here in N.E. Quiet…
    As far as Wilfork goes his agent can chirp all he wants, as long as Vince performs he’ll be paid one way or the other either by the Pats or another team.
    The agent can suck an egg…
    I’m more concerned with the secondary as there are many, many questions. But that’s what make this time of year exciting.
    The season is upon us PFT brothers, drink up!!!!

  4. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jul 30, 2009 12:00 PM

    Who cares…I’d rather see his Wife in shorts.

  5. SixBurghDude says: Jul 30, 2009 12:09 PM

    to be followed by: Belichick cheating as season begins! some things NEVER change, afterall once a cheat, ALWAYS a CHEAT!!!

  6. LovinBlue says: Jul 30, 2009 12:12 PM

    You have an interesting definition of “barely makes a ripple.” This “news” was plastered all over ESPN, ESPNews, and then this very posting today.

  7. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 12:32 PM

    SixBurghDude says:
    to be followed by: Belichick cheating as season begins! some things NEVER change, afterall once a cheat, ALWAYS a CHEAT!!!
    Rating: 0/5

  8. rusH1023 says: Jul 30, 2009 12:35 PM

    I’d rather have him than a rapist, SixBurghDude.
    Raaaaapelisberger! That should be the chant at all away stadiums from now on.

  9. topcide says: Jul 30, 2009 12:36 PM

    SixBurghDude says:
    July 30, 2009 12:09 PM
    to be followed by: Belichick cheating as season begins! some things NEVER change, afterall once a cheat, ALWAYS a CHEAT!!!
    I love how people keep saying that as if their team did not do the same thing.

  10. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 12:38 PM

    “to be followed by: Belichick cheating as season begins!”
    ^^^^^
    You are a complete tool, but just to play along for a moment…if he’s as big a “cheater”…(eye roll, allow me a moment to readjust eyes)
    .
    .
    …as you claim, why would he wait til the regular season to, ahem, “cheat”? Why not just start in the preseason to get the camera guys ready? Ahaha, camera, cheating, so clever, so original. / sarcasm

  11. Pastabelly says: Jul 30, 2009 12:38 PM

    Wilfork is a great player on first and second down but comes out on third downs. It’s tough to put a value on that. They’ll probably franchise him and he’ll be gone in 2011.

  12. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 1:11 PM

    HAHA
    “I know, it was never proven Rapistberger raped her. It was also never proven the tapes were used for “cheating” or that the Patriots were the only team doing it, asshole.”
    ************************************
    i guess goodell stripped that first round pick from the Cheaters for no reason at all huh?
    Fact is, Goodell DID determine that cheating occured and did NOT believe for a minute Mr. Belicheats explanation of “misinterpeted the rules”
    Dumbass, didnt your mama tell you that just because everyone else jumps off a cliff, doesnt mean you have to!
    Then again, maybe you and Hayward Giablahblah should go jump off a bridge.
    BWAAAHAHAHAHA

  13. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 1:18 PM

    Even if the claims of “everybody was doing is true”….That still is no excuse.
    For all Pats fans that claim Belicheat is a genious,thats funny. If he was such a genius, he wouldnt have gotten busted for cheating!!!!!!
    Point is, he is not a genius, he is a cheater, and yes……he did get busted, it was proven,,,remember, forfeited draft pick.
    I know, I know,,,, whenever people throw out the truth that the Cheatriots did in fact cheat and got caught, the first statements out of the bandwagon fans are as follows.
    IT WAS NEVER PROVEN!
    EVERYBODY ELSE WAS DOING IT!
    And lastly…………
    I CANT HEAR YOU, LALALALALALALA!!!!!!

  14. SixBurghDude says: Jul 30, 2009 1:23 PM

    @ hayward giablommi
    Before you read this post, do yourself a favor & put down that ManRag you’re drooling all over with your man crush ShadyBrady on it, afterall, it’s obvious to all, that your username is some sort of Patsy code that serves as an offer of which you are extending to TommyBoy. I only ask that you do so as it will allow you a better chance to retort in a somewhat intelligent manner, instead of spewing your usual nonsensical bile!
    Now wipe you mouth & see if you can enlighten me on the following:
    If practicing illegal tactics, for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage, is not paramount to the success of your Cheatriots, then how do you explain the fact that the QB who is responsible for that success, was not even talented enough to start regularly at the collegiate level of competition & in the rare instance that he did, he was rather pedestrian, at best! You see, players who ride the pine in college, DO NOT go onto H-O-F careers at the Pro level & if you don’t agree, then please show me where the precedent is…FACT is that ShadyBrady has been the recipient of having an unfair advantage throughout his career, as it has been proven that BeliCHEAT’s illegal practices can be traced as far back as his days as H.C. of the CleveBrownies, although he didn’t cheat quite as well then, as evidenced by Vinny Interceptaverde’s record during his tenure there.
    Further proving my contention is the FACT that said Cheatriots, somehow managed a double digit win season, while starting a QB who’s pre-NFL accomplishments are even more remotely improbable, since that stiff hadn’t started an organized game of football since High School! So please, master of all things* football, can you help a brother out & try to clear up some of my confusion regarding this matter?
    * since the current millenium (afterall, the NFL never existed prior to that, if for no other reason than because the N.E. Patsies were irrelevant before then)
    For the record, since last you (mis)spoke:
    my 6>3 trumps your 3>2…Steeler die-hard since the early 70’s, born & raised/LOUD &PROUD! Btw TOOL, your last post supports my long running argument that the Cheatriot fanbase was NON-EXISTENT prior to the current millenium & all it took for it to spawn, was the most ridiculous call in NFL history & years of “ILLEGAL practices for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage”, and those are the words of the NFL office. You should thank the commish for destroying the additional evidence & for not adding an asterisk to all Cheatriot accomplishments, as most unbiased fans know to be deserving of your classless organization, then again what else could he do, since questionable integrity would be financial suicide for the cash cow that is the NFL!

  15. Patriots51 says: Jul 30, 2009 1:26 PM

    hey tuff guy gameday… whos your favorite team smart ass… its people like you who are envious of the patriots and rip them to shreds then it comes to light that your an ignorant jets fan or someting… So unless your God i suggest you shut the hell up since theres a great chance one of the players on your team has cheated or done something stupid

  16. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jul 30, 2009 1:26 PM

    *18-1

  17. blackglass says: Jul 30, 2009 1:28 PM

    i guess goodell stripped that first round pick from the Cheaters for no reason at all huh?
    Window licker. The first round pick was taken because a rule was broken. Sort of like when Chad Johnson gets fined for an end zone celebration…he broke a rule.
    There is no way you can prove the integrity of the game was EVER harmed. Please, if you disagree, link to the article that proved it.

  18. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 1:29 PM

    gameday again proving that he/she(?) is still as bitter and irrelevant as ever.
    Just a friendly head up, gameday…this SixBurghDude is gaining ground on you in the lamest one trick Patriot hater troll on PFT. Better get crack-a-lacken.

  19. MaineMan says: Jul 30, 2009 1:33 PM

    Not sure that Brace is intended as a replacement for Wilfork. Apparently, in this morning’s practice, they were working side-by-side in a 4-man front.
    Heh.

  20. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 1:42 PM

    “Window licker. The first round pick was taken because a rule was broken. Sort of like when Chad Johnson gets fined for an end zone celebration…he broke a rule.”
    ^^^^^
    Exactly. In reality, every offsides/pass interference/holding call constitutes a rule being broken. That’s why its called a “penalty.”
    Jeez, for a game as rugged as football, how is it that so many “fans” of football are such whiny pussies?

  21. SixBurghDude says: Jul 30, 2009 1:48 PM

    thehoodedone says:
    “You missed one key stat. First 9 yrs in the league. Tom Brady – zero rape accusations. Ben Rapistburer – one and counting. ”
    & apparently another: ShadyBrady – guilty on ONE count of knock ‘em up (alledgedly, or so she says, afterall she ain’t no dummy, with that contract he signed, cause based on all the gay posing he does for MetroSexual mags, dude no doubt takes it in the seat), then dump ‘em after she spawns your BASTARD child. BigB.R. – ZERO!

  22. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 1:48 PM

    SixBurghDude
    You already posted that fecal equivalent yesterday. Nice cut and paste job. How ’bout this? Why don’t you grow a pair of testicles, acknowledge the fact that your Steelers got beat by a better team…instead of making lame excuses.
    You really come off like a whiny bitch. It’s embarrassing, and you are a bore.

  23. BenRapistberger says: Jul 30, 2009 1:49 PM

    Did someone call my name?
    If anyone asks, you fixed my TV.

  24. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 1:50 PM

    @ Patriots51
    Rumor is that gameday is a Charger fan. I can’t verify this, because every one of his posts is just a bitter diatribe about the Pats being cheaters.
    But the shoe would appear to fit.

  25. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 2:02 PM

    Patriots51 says:
    July 30, 2009 1:26 PM
    hey tuff guy gameday… whos your favorite team smart ass… its people like you who are envious of the patriots and rip them to shreds then it comes to light that your an ignorant jets fan or someting… So unless your God i suggest you shut the hell up since theres a great chance one of the players on your team has cheated or done something stupid
    **********************
    By your words, it seems that YOU think your some tuff gal.
    Please, wipe your mouth, change your diaper, and take your nappy nap time before your mom finds out your playing around on her PC.
    Oh, and btw, who would be envious of a team that obtained trophies by ill gotten means?
    The problem, is simple minded people like yourself and your partner(Giablahblah) spend too much time under Belicheats desk to comprehend what the definition of cheating is.
    I know, i know, put your hands over your ears and start screaming I CANT HEAR YOU, I CANT HEAR YOU! LALALALALA!
    But you two must be very talented, you can cover your ears, and scream, while still polishing Belicheats pole.

  26. AmishGangsta says: Jul 30, 2009 2:11 PM

    I love the Belichick Ball Washers. Ooooh, everyone did it, it was never proven, he did nothing wrong, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS GOOD AND HOLY, HE’S MISUNDERSTOOD!!!!!
    Hahahahaa, the guy is a cheating scumbag, always has been always will be. The record shows that, now and for always.

  27. AmishGangsta says: Jul 30, 2009 2:27 PM

    Gameday said-I know, I know,,,, whenever people throw out the truth that the Cheatriots did in fact cheat and got caught, the first statements out of the bandwagon fans are as follows.
    IT WAS NEVER PROVEN!
    EVERYBODY ELSE WAS DOING IT!
    And lastly…………
    I CANT HEAR YOU, LALALALALALALA!!!!!!
    To which Patriots51 said-hey tuff guy gameday… whos your favorite team smart ass… its people like you who are envious of the patriots and rip them to shreds then it comes to light that your an ignorant jets fan or someting… So unless your God i suggest you shut the hell up since theres a great chance one of the players on your team has cheated or done something stupid
    HAHAHAHAAAA. It never fails, the Belichick Ball Washers would drive their Neon’s right off a cliff if they saw Bill’s Hummer go over first.

  28. Ralphie says: Jul 30, 2009 2:31 PM

    gameday’s a Chargers fan. Him and his boyfriend Philip Rivers both have sand in their vaginas about not being able to win any games that mean anything against the Pats. Juicehead Merriman’s back though-more juiced than ever, and maybe they’ll win 8 games in the incredibly weak AFC West (where you can win 8 games and get in the playoffs).
    Fratboy gameday’s consistent for a few things though; commenting only on the Pats, his boyfriend Philip, or making nasty comments about people’s mothers if it’s within 30 days of his menstrual cycle.

  29. SixBurghDude says: Jul 30, 2009 2:44 PM

    hayward,
    Such a bore, in fact, that you feel the need to reply ad nauseum, only thing is, you still have no answer for my inquiry…well?……we’re waiting!

  30. Numbertwelve says: Jul 30, 2009 2:56 PM

    Sixburghdude-
    Take a quick look at Brady @ Michigan. Two Bowl wins and some Michigan passing records? Hardly pedestrian.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady

  31. Backinthesaddle says: Jul 30, 2009 3:03 PM

    I think the Pats are trying to hold their cards close to the vest on contracts because their uncertain just how the uncapped year is all going to play out.
    There is no doubt they value Wilfork highly…..a beast of a nose tackle is vital to the 3-4. I think they are just trying to get a clearer picture on the uncapped year business before they commit to big long term contracts. I also think it’s very possible they could franchise him in 2010 if the price to resign him is too high. The Pats will never do a massive loony tune contract like Albert Hanesworth got. Asanti Samual is the perfect example of that. They franchised him for a year and them let him go. Sure it hurt when Samual was gone and we had to suffer a season with Detha O’Neil. But the Pats are not going to break the bank on a specific player and flush their football business operations model down the crapper. Ron Brace is insurance for the future should Wilfork be unsignable.
    BTW….the Pats have MANY guys up for contract renewals after this season. They won’t sign all of them and there will be significant turnover. Some favorite veterans will go. Don’t fret…..it’s by design and the business of running the football operations with wisdom means not falling in love with the players. Turnover is inevitable and necessary. Those who manage it the best….like the Pats….will be a perpetual powerhouse and not a perpetually “re-building” organization.

  32. SixBurghDude says: Jul 30, 2009 3:27 PM

    Numbertwelve-
    I’ll check it out, right or wrong, at least you bring something to the table, unlike most of your fanbase that rely mostly on ignorance & speculation, but mostly ignorance!

  33. Jackal138 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:41 PM

    It’s funny how dark the blinders Pats fans wear when it comes to their team.
    I have never seen a fanboy say “Yes, we cheated, and that may have affected our SuperBowl wins, but we still have a talented roster and are prepared to show the world that we could have won those titles without cheating!”
    But no, it’s never that. It’s always “OTHER TEAMS DID IT – JIMMY JOHNSON DID IT – YOU ARE JEALOUS OF US”
    Then they forget that Brady impregnated at least one woman when they mock Big Ben, and they forget that Rodney Harrison was definitely using HGH when they claim another teams players are using ‘Roids.
    Be careful in those glass houses, Patriots fans.

  34. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 3:48 PM

    Hayward giablahblah says,
    ” how is it that so many “fans” of football are such whiny pussies?”
    ******************************
    That is very ironic because every time a person makes a comment linking the Patriots and cheating, then all Pansie “bandwagon fans” come out whining like pussies.

  35. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 3:55 PM

    Blackglass says;
    “There is no way you can prove the integrity of the game was EVER harmed. Please, if you disagree, link to the article that proved it.”
    *****************************
    How bout this for a link;;;;;;
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80251b7e&template=with-video&confirm=true
    Blackglass , Since you are a retarded, idiot. Here is a short quote from the link. i know this will be a bit challenging to read for Hayward, pussie Ralphie, Blackglass, and Patriots51 but get your fat boyfriend or girfriends to help you.;
    “NEW YORK — Roger Goodell’s hard line on discipline, aimed so far at players, came down this time on a coach and a team.
    New England coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals.
    Jim Rogash / Getty Images
    Bill Belichick is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Patriots.
    Related Content:
    » Belichick: profile
    » Patriots: Team page | Official site
    » Belichick meets with Goodell
    » Video: Stealing signals
    The commissioner also ordered the team to give up next year’s first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn’t. If the Patriots lose their first-rounder next season they still will have a first-round pick, obtained from San Francisco in the deal that brought Moss from Oakland.
    “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field,” Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.”

  36. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 3:59 PM

    SixBurghDude says:
    “Such a bore, in fact, that you feel the need to reply ad nauseum, only thing is, you still have no answer for my inquiry…well?……we’re waiting!”
    ^^^^^
    Irony, thy name is SixBurghDude. Accusing me of “replying ad nausem”? Huh? You copy and pasted a 3 page diatribe from yesterday that would take an average person 20 minutes to type. In your case it must have taken at least an hour. Was there an inquiry embedded in there? How the hell would I know? I tuned out your meaningless, ignorant bile after the first drivel soaked sentence.

  37. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 4:07 PM

    A report just came out stating that David Ortiz and Manny ramirez both tested positive for steroids in 2003 before the red Sox won the World Series.
    I guess cheating is the only way any Boston area teams can win championships huh?
    Ok que the whining pu$$y Pansie “fans” in 3……2……1……

  38. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 4:08 PM

    gameday, whiny pussies are those who won’t STFU about so called cheating. Patriots fans could not care less about your accusations of cheating, but you and a handful of others feel the need to bring up “cheating” every…single…time a Patriots story is posted.
    My friend, that qualifies you and your ilk as whiny bitches. I would like to come on here and discuss football, but unfortunately you don’t know anything about football, so you play the “cheater” card as a last resort to explain the fact that your team has been OWNED by the Pats this decade and also to disguise the fact that you apparently do not know a goddamn thing about football.
    I guess I’d do the same thing if I were in your shoes.

  39. topcide says: Jul 30, 2009 4:12 PM

    first of all, im not patriots fan.
    But I find it hallarious for people to try and make it sound like becasue the pats did some shady taping, which they did, is the sole reason for their success.
    Yeah, because those shady tapes made every offense suddenly unabel to score, and made every defense suddenly lose their ability to stop the 50 td season of brady, moss, welker and the rest of the offense. And i’m sure it also was the sole reason for the ruthless ass beatings and 50 pt blowouts that teams recieved that year.

  40. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 4:19 PM

    Hayward giablahblah says,
    ” how is it that so many “fans” of football are such whiny pussies?”
    **********************************
    Patriots fans = Whiny pussies
    Thanks for reminding all of us Hayward Giablowjob, but knowledgeable fans already knew.

  41. blackglass says: Jul 30, 2009 4:30 PM

    Last I checked, gettign a woman pregnant doesn’t get a civil complain filed against you. Rape does.

  42. Patriots51 says: Jul 30, 2009 9:16 PM

    so let me get this straight…. Gameday’s is a chargers fan… His team KNOWINGLY drafted a cheater in Luis Castillo…its all coming together…. in 2007 who did the patriots beat in the afc title game to go to the superbowl..? and who did they beat in the divisional round of the 2006 playoffs?… Not to mention in week two of the 07 season just 7days after “spygate” the pats went out on sunday night football NBC thank you very much… and put an ass whooping on San diego… your a jealous pathetic prick… grow up!!!

  43. SixBurghDude says: Jul 30, 2009 9:50 PM

    BlackAss,
    And the last I checked, knockin’ your bitch up (supposedly, cause I hear he takes it in the seat & the MetroSexual magazines his mug is plastered all over kinda supports the theory) then dumping her after she spawns your BASTARD, makes you a scumbag…that is everywhere but in N.E., where it’s somehow a badge of honor!
    hayward,
    For someone who only “wants to talk football” you bring ZERO to the table, exactly NONE of your posts ever contain anything more than opinionated propaganda…ZERO facts to back any of the bile you spew!!!

  44. gameday says: Jul 30, 2009 11:19 PM

    Patriots51;
    I think you need to grow up son.
    Cheaters cheaters cheaters.
    Now go cry, whine, and change your tampon,B!ATCH!

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