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Report: Patriots dealing with internal 'friction' after Belichick restricts Brady's personal trainer

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing as well as ever at age 40, and he credits his friend/business partner/personal trainer Alex Guerrero for much of his longevity.

Brady and Guerrero are partners on the burgeoning TB12 Sports line of athletic training programs and related apparel. There is a TB12 Sports Therapy Center just outside of Gillette Stadium. Brady reportedly talked coach Bill Belichick into allowing Guerrero – whose methods are often at odds with the methods of the Patriots' official training staff, according to the report – to have an office near the team's locker room. Brady also successfully lobbied to get Guerrero on team flights and on the sideline at all games, according to the Boston Globe.

But the team is now dealing with some internal "friction" after Belichick recently cut back some of Guerrero's access, according to Bob Hohler of the Globe. Some more details:

For reasons he has declined to explain, Belichick weeks ago stripped Guerrero of his special team privileges, restoring a measure of tradition to the team’s medical and training operation, according to several people familiar with the Patriots’ internal operations. ... Guerrero is now banned from boarding Patriots jets. His sideline access has been revoked. And he no longer is permitted to treat players other than Brady in his exclusive office at Gillette Stadium.

Brady will continue to work with Guerrero, but it's hard to find any lasting dings in the Patriots' armor – or any sign that Brady may not haunt the Bills into his mid-40s – so any indication of a rift between Brady and Belichick should make Bills fans' ears perk up.

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