March 22, 2018
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Patriots wide receiver Tyms facing 4-game ban

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms is facing a four-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, according to

The NFL does not reveal the substance, but Tyms said it was Adderall.

“I’ve had a prescription for it since I was 9,” he said. “It costs money to get all that stuff situated. Money which I didn’t have to spend. It was my fault. I shoulda brought it to the NFL and said, ‘Hey, I take this from time to time before it got to that point.’ But it wasn’t like I’m using it as something to boost my ratings. I been taking it since I was 9. That and Ritalin. I can’t worry about that. I put that in God’s hands. I just come out and try to play to get on this team.”

If Tyms makes the 53-man roster, he will not be allowed to practice with the team for the first four weeks of the regular season. He made five catches for 119 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition opener Thursday, a 23-6 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Gronkowski progressing

Tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in New England last week while the Patriots took part in joint practices with the Redskins leading up to the teams’ preseason opener in Washington. He was back on the practice field on Sunday, doing his usual drills and work to the side with quarterback Tom Brady.

Gronkowski did not participate in any team action or contact work.

After practice, Gronkowski discussed his health as he recovers a torn ACL in December. He also talked about taking some time off during the week leading up to the Redskins game.

“Just a little time off to let the knee heal a little bit more.” he said. “You can’t always be grinding on it 24/7 off an injury. You have to let it heal.

“I’m feeling better since the time off,” he said. “My body kind of needed it; my knee needed it. It was good progress.”

Gronkowski said he’s not had any setbacks in his recovery and that he’s “getting better every day.”

“I’m going full-speed in the drills, but they’re just limiting the drills,” Gronkowski said of spending a lot of 1-on-1 time against Darrelle Revis. “Most likely, when I’m cleared for contact, it will be full-go, too.”

Concordia rookie adjusting

Defensive lineman Zach Moore is a rookie, sixth-round pick out of Division II Concordia. He’s seen action all along the defensive line in his first NFL training camp, and so far is working to overcome what Bill Belichick acknowledges is a clear big jump in competition.

“He would have one of the biggest, no question, one of the biggest (jumps),”Belichick said. “He’s been out here every day, works hard. We’ve got a long way to go, but (he’s) getting better. He works on a lot of little things, he’s in good condition, he’s taken a lot of reps and he’ll need to take a lot more, but he’s making progress. Works hard. No issues, just a long way to go.”


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