New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi will sit out this season because of a stroke he suffered 10 days after helping the Patriots win their third Super Bowl in four years.
"Tedy . . . has declared his intentions to forgo the 2005 campaign," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said in a statement.
Bruschi, 32, suffered a mild stroke on Feb. 16, three days after playing in the Pro Bowl and 10 days after helping New England beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21, in the Super Bowl. James said Bruschi has made daily progress in his rehabilitation.
He has attended team meetings, helped new players learn the defense and worked out in the Patriots' weight room. But he didn't practice during the team's June minicamp.
"Football to me, it's something I love and it's something I'll always want to do," he said last month at a party to pass out the latest Super Bowl rings. . . .
Three players represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus may miss at least the start of training camp.
Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens hasn't decided whether he will report to training camp on time because of a contract dispute.
"The odds are 50-50," Rosenhaus said.
Owens fired longtime agent David Joseph in April, then hired Rosenhaus and asked for a new contract one year into a seven-year deal worth almost $49 million.
Packers wide receiver Javon Walker will be a no-show at training camp next week unless the team agrees to give him a big pay raise or trade him, Rosenhaus said.
And neither Rosenhaus nor Colts running back Edgerrin James will comment publicly on whether James will report next week.
"Of course, he's told me his plans," Rosenhaus said. "But we've decided not to comment on that particular question."
-- From News Services