I know some of us might dislike the Pats on the field, but Bruschi is a real class act guy. I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope to see him on the field again.
TUCSON, Ariz. - New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is scheduled to undergo a procedure to repair a hole in his heart, according to KOLD Television of Tucson.
The Patriots would neither confirm or deny the report.
Bruschi, 31, suffered a mild stroke on February 16. He was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital after complaining of headaches, blurred vision and some temporary numbness on his right side.
The Boston Globe reported that Bruschi was found to have a leaking blood vessel in his brain, which is one type of stroke.
A key member of a defense that has helped the Patriots win three of the last four Super Bowls, Bruschi last played in the Pro Bowl on February 13.
Bruschi had an interception in the Patriotsâ€™ 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6. He also had two fumble recoveries in a 20-3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional playoffs.
A 1996 third-round pick out of Arizona, Bruschi finished second on the Patriots this past season with 122 tackles. He also had 3 1/2 sacks and three interceptions during the regular season.
In 136 career games, Bruschi has registered 753 tackles, 25 sacks and 11 interceptions.