Ex-Pats star Bruschi ‘better’ after suffering 2nd stroke

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Tedy Bruschi

ReutersFormer New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said Monday that he is “doing much better” following a stroke he suffered last week.

In an Instagram post, he shared details about the moment he realized on the morning of the Fourth of July that he had a stroke.

“I lost use of my left arm. I then tried to speak and realized I was slurring my speech. As I turned to my wife she noticed the left side of my face was drooping. We immediately knew what was happening. These are stroke warning signs,” he said.

Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst, was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass.

He said his recovery is progressing and thanked his well-wishers.

“Thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I’m doing much better,” Bruschi ended his post.

Bruschi also had a stroke in February 2005, just days after playing in Super Bowl XXXIX, won by the Patriots. He was 31 at the time.

He missed the first six weeks of the 2005 season, then played in nine games and won the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Bruschi, 46, played 13 seasons for the Patriots. He retired before the 2009 season and then went to work for ESPN.

Following his first stroke, Bruschi founded Tedy’s Team to raise money and awareness about strokes.

The organization has raised more than $5 million on behalf of the American Stroke Association since its founding.

Falcons’ Jones: No holdout plan

Meanwhile, Julio Jones does not intend to sit out while waiting for a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Team owner Arthur Blank has told reporters that he intends to make the star wide receiver a Falcon “for life.” That is enough to satisfy the six-time Pro Bowl selection for now.

“Mr. Blank gave us his word,” Jones said in comments published Monday by TMZ. “That’s golden. ... [Blank’s] word is that it’s going to get done ... There’s no stress on my end. I’m not thinking about it.

“[Blank] makes it easy for me to go out and just work every day and not have one of those situations where there’s a holdout or anything like that.”

Jones, 30, has surpassed 1,400 receiving yards in five straight seasons. He hauled in 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018.Speech

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