Newswire: Pats vs 'Boys in Super Bowl XLI?

News from around the league includes; Virginia LB Ahmad Brooks entering the NFL supplemental draft; New England Patriots will be ok without big name free agents; Monty Beisel on becoming a better Patriot; NFL to play 2 games outside USA; Former NFL fullback Craig Heyward dies and an early prediction on who will be in Super Bowl XLI

Newswire Items 5/29/06

-- Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks is in the final preparation for the upcoming supplemental draft to be held July 13th. Despite being kicked off the team following an off the field incident, Brooks will hold his Pro Day workout on June 22nd on the Charlottesville, Va., campus. The Metrowest Daily News reports that there is reason to believe that the relationship between head coach Al Groh and Brooks may not be ice cold after all. Brooks has definitely garnered the interest of the New England Patriots.

-- Despite the loss of some key veterans to free agency, there is reason to believe that the New England Patriots are not in as bad a shape as you would think. There always seem to be players that step up to the plate and perform beyond what was expected of them. Patriots Insider takes a look at 10 of those players during the past few years under head coach Bill Belichick.

-- The NFL has proposed playing two league games outside the United States starting in 2008. Owners will discuss the proposal in October of this year. According to the Associated Press the cities being considered are: Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, where five of the six NFL Europe teams play.

-- Former NFL fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward died Saturday at the age of 39 after a long bout with a recurring brain tumor. Heyward spent a total of 11 seasons in the NFL and rushed for a career high 1,083 yards for the Falcons in 1995. has a more in-depth look at Heyward from his days as a member of the Colts team.

-- The Miami Dolphins have agreed to allow running back Ricky Williams play in the CFL. According to Fox Sports, the Toronto Argonauts have signed Williams to a one year contract and have agreed to return Williams to the Dolphins provided he pass his drug test next year.

-- Dallas Cowboy quarterback Drew Bledsoe is excited to have a player the caliber of Terrell Owens to throw to next season. Although Bledsoe has yet to personally met Owens the Boston Globe reports that he [Bledsoe] has played with a lot of great wide receivers who are high strung. "It comes with the position, I think. If they don't get the ball, they get upset."

The,'s Dallas Cowboys affiliate, has a closer look at Owens anticipated arrival at Valley Ranch. (Members link)

-- Peter King's MMQB column on Sports Illustrated gives his early prediction of who will be in Super Bowl XLI. King predicts it will be a reunion of mentor and understudy with Bill Parcells leading the Cowboys against the Bill Belichick led Patriots. Many Patriots fans recall that Belichick learned under the guidance of Parcells during their time together in New York with both the Giants and the Jets where Parcells was the head coach and Belichick was his defensive coordinator.

These articles and more can be found in Monday's Newswire


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