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Patriots.com News Blitz - 07/20/05

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald offers the second in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots heading into the start of training camp which begins July 29. Today, Felger takes a look at the Patriots linebackers. Whether or not Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will play seems to be the biggest question coming into training camp. Felger notes that a report on New England Cable News last night cited a team source as saying the chances of Bruschi playing were 90 percent. However, If Bruschi does not play this season, the Patriots have plenty of depth with free agents Chad Brown, Monty Beisel and incumbant Ted Johnson at the middle linebacker position.

Jerome Solomon of the *Boston Globe *also writes an article on the New England Cable News report which last night cited a team source as saying that the chances of Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi playing this season were 90 percent. Solomon reports that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was not available for comment, but team spokesman Stacey James said that Bruschi has not discussed with the team whether he will play this season. "Tedy Bruschi will make his intention known when he is ready," James said. "As far as I know, he hasn't discussed it with the staff as yet."

Jonathan Comey of the Standard Times offers a preview of the potential storylines coming into training camp.

Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes. Reiss notes that the Patriots have expressed an interest in hosting the annual NFL draft in New England. The NFL draft has been hosted in New York for the past 40 years, but is now looking for a new home.

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