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August 28, 2019

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Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski delivered an emotional press conference on Tuesday morning when he announced he would be partnering with a CBD company, Abacus Inc., to advocate for the use of CBD in sports for pain relief.

It was in Super Bowl LIII on a third-and-9, Gronk caught an quick strike from Tom Brady and proceeded upfield where he was met by Rams defenders Cory Littleton and Mark Barron, who flipped the 265-pound tight end into the air after colliding with his quad. He knew then it was time to retire.

It’s been all off-season and pre-season to find his replacement for the Patriots. That has started a chain of events that now seem to be putting the Patriots to the test to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.

Patrick Chung the leader of the defensive unit has given the Patriots issues recently. Chung was indicted for felony cocaine possession on Aug. 8 and entered a not guilty plea.

New Hampshire police were called to Chung’s home in late June “on a call for service.” While at his residence, police allegedly obtained evidence leading to the felony drug charge.

Chung, 32, is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8. No NFL discipline will come for a while if at all and head coach Bill Belichick has remained characteristically quiet about Chung’s future with the team.

In 2018, the longtime Patriots safety played in 15 games and started 14, registering one interception and 84 tackles. Still playing at a high level, he rated as the No. 30 safety last season

Patriots center David Andrews was hospitalized due to blood clots in his lungs.  The 27-year-old center has been New England’s primary center since 2015, going from an undrafted free agent to Tom Brady‘s center in four AFC Championship Games and three Super Bowls.

The Patriots re-sign Andrews to a new deal in early 2017 worth $9 million over three years. Andrews allowed only four quarterback pressures last season, fewest among Patriots linemen.

The Pats return three other O-line starters guards Joe Thuney and Shaq Mason and right tackle Marcus Cannon but are breaking in left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who only recently resumed practicing after a torn Achilles erased his rookie season.

Andrews the leader of the offensive line, Chung the leader of the defense and Gronk, Brady’s go to receiver will test the Patriots chances to make another Super Bowl appearance.

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