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Patriots.com News Blitz - 3/31/2008

Good news about Tom Brady's bum ankle.

A league source has told the Boston Herald that Number 12 is doing fine after suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship Game. The injury may have had an adverse affect on his performance in the Super Bowl.

And G Stephen Neal, who left the Super Bowl with a knee injury, if recovering from surgery, but not to his knee. A nagging shoulder injury needed tending to, and the same source says he's doing well also. The knee injury wasn't severe enough to warrant a procedure, apparently.

However, an ankle injury that limited TE Benjamin Watson since the Dallas game last October did require an operation, as reported by The Boston Globe. Though he didn't discuss the surgery with reporters at Gillette Stadium last week, Watson did go on an overseas trip recently and did not appear hindered by his ankle.

Elsewhere in Patriot Nation, with the NFL Draft now less than a month away, we're in the period when teams typically host prospects. And according to the Globe, Arkansas RB Darren McFadden, a Heisman Trophy candidate the past two seasons, is scheduled for an April visit.

The NFL is also in the midst of its Annual Meeting, being held this year in Palm Beach, Florida. The Patriots and their head coach will certainly be among the topics of discussion, given their memorable 2007 season.

"I like [Bill] Belichick and I feel bad because the guy is arguably the greatest coach who ever coached," an unnamed NFL executive told the New York Daily News. "His year is marred by the greatest upset in Super Bowl history coupled by SpyGate. He had arguably the greatest team ever and lost in the Super Bowl. What a crushing blow."

And finally, the Herald caught up with WR Wes Welker, who's back in Foxborough taking part in the team's offseason strength and conditioning program.

"So I feel like it's time to get back to it, get your mind-set in that mode of getting after it."

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