NFL notebook: Pats strip Brady's trainer of team privileges
The New England Patriots have stripped Tom Brady's trainer of several team privileges, adding to the speculation of a rift between the trainer and coach Bill Belichick, according to a report in The Boston Globe.
The trainer, Alex Guerrero, reportedly is a close friend of Brady as well as his business partner. Guerrero helped the decorated quarterback launch the TB12 Center, where Brady and several other Patriots players have trained and received treatment since it opened in 2013.
Per the Boston Globe, Guerrero reportedly is banned from boarding Patriots charters to road games, had his sideline access revoked, and is not permitted to treat players other than Brady in his office at Gillette Stadium. Several players who have worked with Guerrero since 2013 will continue to be allowed to receive treatment from him at the nearby TB12 Center.
--The Houston Texans added offensive tackle and cancer survivor David Quessenberry to their 53-man roster.
Quessenberry, who was a sixth-round pick out of San Jose in the 2013 draft, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma three years ago. He has not played in a regular-season game in his NFL career.
The 27-year-old Quessenberry had been on the Texans' non-football illness list since 2015, but he played in the preseason this summer. The Texans cut him prior to the regular season, however.
-- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
Gronkowski reeled in nine receptions for a career-high 168 yards in the Patriots' 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The 28-year-old has 64 catches for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games this season.
Gronkowski previously earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 14 of the 2011 season.
--Former Carolina Panthers executive David Gettleman interviewed for the vacant New York Giants general manager position.
Gettleman became the second candidate to interview for the job, which was left vacant after the New York fired Jerry Reese along with coach Ben McAdoo on Dec. 4. Current Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross interviewed for the position earlier this week.
The 66-year-old Gettleman spent 15 years as a personnel executive (1998-2012) for the Giants before joining the Panthers as their general manager. He was fired after four seasons as the Carolina general manager on July 17.