New England Patriots

Less than a year after stripping quarterback Tom Brady’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, of his on-field access to their team, the New England Patriots took off for Charlotte with Guerrero on their team charter, according to multiple reports.

First mentioned on-air by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Mike Felger on Thursday’s Felger & Mazz program, and later confirmed by the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, Guerrero’s presence comes ahead of Friday’s preseason meeting with the Panthers.

Besides the obvious point of Guerrero being with the Patriots, Guerrero’s presence is worth noting, as this is New England’s first road game of the 2018 preseason, and the first since Brady and the Patriots reworked the 41-year-old quarterback’s current deal. The fight for Guerrero’s access has been rumored to be a key piece of the reported rift between Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, too. Brady, who is a business partner with Guerrero, is a massive believer in Guerrero’s methods while Belichick doesn’t want Guerrero, who is not part of his training staff in any real capacity, treating players on his roster.

And for what it’s worth, and as previously reported, Guerrero has been allowed in the Patriot locker room before and after games since his falling out with Belichick, but has had to fly down to road games on his own dime and schedule. This change in Guerrero’s flight plans could have potentially represented a slight change of sorts that would allow Guerrero to be on the New England sidelines during games to take a more hands-on approach with Brady.

But according to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, the Patriots are still not giving such access to the polarizing trainer.

On July 26, Belichick told reporters that Guerrero was still not part of the team’s training staff.

Listen to Felger and Mazz discussion on Guerrero’s potential return to the Patriots sidelines below…