Report: Cole Popovich will not return to Patriots, decision related to COVID-19 vaccine


The Patriots' offensive line room will look different this year, both from a playing and coaching perspective.

According to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, Cole Popovich is out on the coaching staff. He served as a co-offensive line coach last year with Carmen Bricillo.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: ESPN's Mike Reiss adds it's a decision related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bricillo will lead the group by himself now.

Popovich had been with the team since 2015 and worked with both the offensive line and running backs.

The Patriots open training camp next Wednesday.