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Brady irked at suggestion trainer linked to Edelman ban

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New York (AFP)

Superstar quarterback Tom Brady cut short his press conference at New England Patriots training camp on Saturday, calling speculation linking trainer Alex Guerrero to teammate Julian Edelman's drugs ban "ridiculous".

Brady had already brushed off a question about the reports surfacing last season of a rift between him and coach Bill Belichick, which gained renewed traction when Brady opted not to participate in voluntary offseason workouts for the first time since 2010.

"I have no thoughts," Brady said in answer to questions about rumors of turmoil in the team.

One source of friction was reported to be Guerrero, Brady's longtime personal trainer who has also worked with Edelman and other Patriots players.

Edelman, who missed the entire 2017 campaign after suffering a torn knee ligament in the pre-season, was suspended for four games in June for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Asked his reaction to speculation linking Edelman's ban to Guerrero Brady said he had no comment.

"That's just ridiculous. I'm out," the five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback said before departing.

Edelman also spoke to reporters on Saturday, saying in his first comments since losing an appeal of his suspension that he was "disappointed".

"Obviously you're disappointed with it," he said. "But I've got to follow the protocols a little better and make sure this never happens again. I'm accountable for my actions.

Edelman, who can train with the team and take part in pre-season games before sitting out the first three games of the regular season, said his focus would be on "getting my knee right and going out and playing football at a high level."

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