Over the past two seasons, Bryan Stork started 17 games at center for the New England Patriots. On Wednesday, he found himself with another team.
The Patriots traded their 2014 fourth-round draft pick to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a conditional draft pick, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported.
The Redskins confirmed the acquisition Wednesday afternoon. The Pats will receive a seventh-round conditional pick, per the league’s transaction wire.
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Rapoport reported earlier that the Patriots intended to cut the center.
Stork, who was in the process of losing the starting job to 2015 undrafted free agent David Andrews, also got himself booted from a joint practice with the wholesale Chicago Bears jerseys last week for mixing it up with Bears linebacker Sam Acho.
The Patriots have also thinned out their receiving corps. New England cut veteran wide receiver Nate Washington on Wednesday.
As the Boston Herald noted a week ago, Stork has had some problems controlling his emotion. There was the headbutt in the AFC title game last season, and he also was tossed from a mini-camp practice in June for fighting.
Despite some concerns across New England’s starting offensive line, whatever bothered Bill Belichick about Stork was serious enough to merit moving the former starter.
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The winless Cleveland Browns were forced to turn to another quarterback on this young season.
Rookie starter Cody Kessler went to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday’s game with injuries to his ribs and chest and did not return. The injury came on a disastrous play where he threw the ball backward and was planted into the ground by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower. The ball went out the side of the end zone for a safety to give New England an early nine-point lead in a game it went on to win 33-13.
The injury looked bad, but it could wholesale NFL jerseys and have been worse. Browns coach Hue Jackson said after the game that X-rays revealed that Kessler did not break anything. Further tests could always change that diagnosis, but Kessler is day-to-day for now. Jackson said that Kessler tried to throw on the sideline after the injury, but he was unable to do so.
“It’ll be fine,” Kessler said about his injury after the game. “Just get treatment all week and try to get back as fast as I can.”
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Charlie Whitehurst, signed just a few weeks ago, took the majority of snaps at quarterback the rest of the game. While wide receiver Terrelle Pryor occasionally lined up behind center, Whitehurst finished with 184 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 24 attempts.
Whitehurst became the fifth player to take quarterback snaps this season for Cleveland if you count Pryor, and he couldn’t avoid the injury bug either. He left the game with a knee injury late in the fourth, leaving the Browns with just Pryor at quarterback. Whitehurst later returned to take a knee at the end of the Browns’ 20-point loss.
If healthy, Whitehurst could be the team’s fourth quarterback starter next week, which is a shame considering how hard this Browns team has fought. Kessler was playing better than anyone could have expected out of a third-round rookie.
Bill Belichick is a grandpa.
The 64-year-old Patriots coach began his Tuesday press conference with the announcement that his son, Steve, has become a father. Huzzah!
“We have a roster addition to announce this morning. It’s a little different than the usual one and the emphasis would be on little,” Belichick told the assemblage. “We can add newborn Blakely Rose to the depth chart. She was born this morning to my son Steve [Belichick] and the real ‘MVP’, Jen, so this is a happy and exciting day for all of us.”
(“… the real MVP, Jen” is a classic gym teacher sports analogy to bust out in this spot.)
The first instinct is to assume that Belichick would be one of those gruff grandfathers who don’t say much and just start to blend into the living room after awhile. I had two grandfathers and neither were overly emotive men. One called me a meatball pretty much every time he saw me. But I’m going to say Belichick goes in the other direction. I can see the ol’ tactician as a sweet and warm figure.
Think Vito Corleone in the garden.