Ebner might be in Rio de Janeiro representing team USA in rugby instead of training camp but his teammates are showing they backing him 100%. As captain, Matthew Slater came out on the Practice field wearing the #43 jersey.
Slater after practice said “He might be a little bit surprised,” and “I didn’t give him the heads-up. Hopefully, he doesn’t get mad I had his jersey on.
Gronkowski also commented on Ebner being in Rio instead of Foxboro by saying “It’s unbelievable,” and “He’s a great worker, hard worker, Nate Ebner. Always on top of his game out here. I know he played rugby before he came to the NFL, so huge props to him. Amazing accomplishment, and best of luck to him. Hopefully, he brings home that gold and then (rejoins) our team. That would be awesome.”
The Olympic Rugby tournament runs from Aug. 9 through Aug. 11. Ebner will rejoin the team when his tournament ends. If all goes well hopefully he will have a gold medal around his neck.