December 21, 2017 / 1:27 AM / 8 months ago

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - 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.

Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) arrives at the stadium to play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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