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News Blitz 8/31: Brady, Gronk, and more

Tom Brady's mandated time off is on a lot of people's minds, so, *The Washington Post *provides a convenient list of what Brady can and can't do during his upcoming four-game NFL suspension.

In a related story, the *Boston Herald *looks back at how things have changed for Brady over the past 15 years, from being a backup to Drew Bledsoe to being in Bledsoe's role now for Jimmy Garoppolo.

"We're on totally different ends of the spectrum," Brady remarked in part. "I love being with Jimmy. I've enjoyed every day we've spent with him. I wish him the very best, obviously, for our team, for him personally. When you see people that it means a lot to, you always want them to succeed, as well."

Boston.com seems more focused on reaction to Brady's new hairstyle, as does another ESPN blog post that tracks the evolution of Brady's hair over the years.

Elsewhere, a jubilant Rob Gronkowski was recognized Tuesday night for all the charitable work he does in the New England community. The Patriots named him this year's Ron Burton Award winner at the team's annual season kickoff gala event. ESPN's blog offers a recap, including reaction from Gronk and team owner Robert Kraft.

Meanwhile, the Patriots have inked Matthew Slater to a contract extension, as *The Boston Globe *details.

Our friends at WEEI.com love lists and have put together a new one, compiling 10 things we've learned about the Patriots this summer. The site also catches up with left tackle Nate Solder for an update on his son's battle with kidney tumors.

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