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Report: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski at TB12 facility during OTAs

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are both no-shows at the New England Patriots’ Organized Team Activities this week. While Bill Belichick not surprisingly declined to address the superstars’ absences when addressing the media Tuesday, a report has surfaced indicating that Brady and Gronkowski are not all that far away, at least in a physical sense.

The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reports that both Brady and Gronk were at TB12 Sports Therapy Center on both Monday and Tuesday receiving treatments. What makes their whereabouts so compelling is that the infamous center operated by longtime Brady trainer Alex Guerrero is located at Patriot Place, which also houses Gillette Stadium and the practice fields where Patriots’ OTAs were being held at the same time.

Given the purported antagonism Belichick has for Guerrero, the fact that Brady and Gronkowski are at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center receiving treatments instead of attending OTAs surely will stick in the Patriots coach’s craw, even if he refuses to say as much.

As noted, Belichick was patently Belichickian when asked about the absences of Brady and Gronkowski.

“Yeah, I’m not going to talk about the people who aren’t here,” Belichick said when asked specifically about Brady being absent. “The guys that are here are improving, they’re working hard, those are guys we’re going to focus on.”

The debate concerning whether or not veteran players like Brady and Gronkowski electing not to show up at voluntary offseason activities will invariably ensue in light of this weeks developments with the Patriots.

What will be far more important in quelling rumors of alleged dysfunction plaguing the Patriots in recent months is whether both players opt to attend mandatory activities later in the offseason.