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Matthew Slater speaks on Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski missing Monday's Patriots offseason workout

Ryan Hannable
April 17, 2018 - 2:59 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots' offseason workout program began Monday, but two of the team's best players -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski -- were not present.

It doesn't seem like it's a one day thing either, as it appears like the pair could also skip a good chuck of the program.

Speaking on Tuesday, special teams captain Matthew Slater was asked about the two not being there the day before. He noted how the program is voluntary and when guys miss out, they have their reasons.

“I will say this: those are two men that are more than capable of speaking for themselves," Slater said. "I certainly don’t want to be out of line in attempting to speak for them. This is a voluntary program. Every year, guys have different things that come up. Whether it’s family issues, personal issues, things come up. The guys that are here, we’re going to do what we can to work hard and come together and take this thing one day at a time. That is really all I can say about that. I certainly don’t want to put myself in a position where I feel like I can speak for those two guys.”

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport seemed to indicated the two might return once Phase 2 rolls around and the team is no longer focused just on weight training.