Report: Bryan Stork Missed Patriots Game While Grieving Loss Of Close Family Member

by NESN Staff

December 20, 2015

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski had a special day Sunday, dedicating the New England Patriots’ win over the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium to a close family friend who recently died.

According to a report, Gronkowski wasn’t the only Patriots player dealing with a loss.

New England center Bryan Stork was inactive for Sunday’s game because he was “grieving after the loss of a close family member,” ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported shortly after the Patriots’ 33-16 win.

Stork, like Gronkowski, missed the Patriots’ practice Friday for non-injury related reasons. The 25-year-old center was declared inactive for Patriots-Titans and was seen leaving the stadium Sunday morning.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the game Stork sitting out was a “coaching decision.” Rookie David Andrews started in Stork’s place.

Thumbnail photo via Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via New England Patriots center Bryan Stork (66) prepares to hike the football to quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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