Bruschi able to collect salary after suffering stroke

Updated: July 29, 2005, 2:05 AM ET
Associated Press

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, recovering from a mild stroke, was placed on the physically unable-to-perform list on Thursday.

Tedy Bruschi
New England Patriots
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
120 76 44 3 4 3

That designation allows him to collect his salary and even come back after Week 6 if he chooses.

Bruschi, who will make $850,000, said last week he decided to sit out the 2005 season to recover from the stroke 10 days after New England beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in the Super Bowl.

Also Thursday, New England signed first-year free agent receiver Rich Musinski, who played in three preseason games for the Tennessee Titans before he was cut last September.

The Patriots also placed receivers Tim Dwight and Bethel Johnson on the physically unable-to-perform list along with kick returner Chad Morton and guard Bryan Anderson.

Dwight and Morton were signed as free agents.

Dwight is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. He had just two receptions for 31 yards last season, in part because of a toe injury.

Morton injured his right knee last season and appeared in just six games for the Washington Redskins.

Ted Johnson, who announced his retirement Thursday on the eve of what would have been his 11th NFL training camp, was placed on the reserve-retired list.

Defensive tackle Ethan Kelley was placed on the non-football injury list. He spent most of last season on the practice squad.

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