I've liked him ever since he played at Arizona. I hope he fully recovers.
BOSTON -- Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will remain hospitalized while he undergoes additional tests after suffering a broken blood vessel in his head, a Patriots team source told The Boston Globe on Thursday.
Bruschi, who was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday after complaining of headaches, is "sitting up in bed" and talking, the Globe's source said. The Pro Bowl player reportedly suffered temporary partial paralysis.
A Patriots spokesman said Wednesday night that Bruschi was in "good condition."
Boston's WBZ-TV reported Wednesday that Bruschi had stroke-like symptoms, partial paralysis and blurred vision. A source told The Boston Herald for Thursday's editions that Bruschi lost partial vision in one eye, but his sight was returning.
Patriots team spokesman Stacey James would not confirm whether the 31-year-old Bruschi had suffered a stroke.
"He is in good condition and will be held for further evaluations," the team said in a statement. "The Bruschi family appreciates everyone's concern, but requests that you respect their privacy at this time."
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who declined comment Wednesday, has visited Bruschi in the hospital, sources told the Boston Herald.
Bruschi, a 6-foot-1, 247-pound nine-year NFL veteran, is a key member of New England's defense that has helped the team win three of the past four Super Bowls, including a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 6.
Bruschi, selected in the third round of the 1996 draft out of Arizona, was second on the team in tackles during the regular season with 122, behind only safety Rodney Harrison with 138. He also had 3½ sacks and three interceptions during the regular season.
He had two fumble recoveries in the team's 20-3 divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts, and an interception in the Super Bowl.
He has 753 tackles, 25 sacks and 11 interceptions in his career.
He also played in last weekend's Pro Bowl in Hawaii for the first time.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.