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Belichick Suspends Former Buckeye Star Again

By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - The nameplate and nearly all belongings were gone from wide receiver Terry Glenn's locker Thursday after the New England Patriots suspended him for one game.

"It's a disciplinary matter, not injury-related," coach Bill Belichick said. Glenn, sidelined the last six games by a hamstring injury that Belichick said has improved, was at practice Wednesday but did not participate in the full-team workout.

"We've been down this road before," Belichick said in citing a team rule against disclosing details of suspensions. "It happened yesterday. It's done. That's it. It's a week's suspension."

The only item in Glenn's locker Thursday was an ankle brace. Shoulder pads were on top of the locker. The blue nameplate was missing from its usual slot.

Glenn, a first-round draft choice in 1996 from Ohio State, is fourth in Patriots history with 322 receptions. He has played in one game this season and has been at odds with the team over its decision to withhold $8.5 million of an $11 million signing bonus.

Five grievances brought by Glenn -- including one seeking his bonus -- are unresolved. He also faces criminal charges of assaulting the mother of his son.

He missed the first four games after the NFL suspended him for violating its substance abuse policy. The Patriots tried to suspend him for the season for leaving training camp after learning of the league suspension, but an arbitrator ruled against them.

Glenn was not seen in the Patriots' locker room before practice Wednesday during the time reporters are allowed access, or on Thursday. Glenn can return to the Patriots on Monday.

"I have no control over what happens between those guys," said wide receiver Troy Brown, a friend of Glenn's, "but I wish he would come back and play."

Glenn's agent, James Gould, wouldn't comment, said his assistant, Miesha Cole.

On Wednesday, New England upgraded Glenn on its injury report to "probable" for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, meaning there was a 75 percent chance he would play. In the previous six weeks, he was listed as doubtful or questionable.

"It's been six weeks since the injury," Belichick said Thursday. "It's gotten better."

Glenn returned from his league-mandated punishment and caught seven passes for 110 yards in Week 5 against San Diego. But since then, he has been out with a lingering hamstring injury that he implied was related to his signing bonus being withheld.

"I'm bothered by a hamstring right now, and I'm not getting paid," Glenn said in an interview on WBZ-TV on Sunday night. "You do the math."

Belichick said the suspension was not related to that interview.

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