NFL Rumors: Patriots' Chase Winovich had hernia surgery in February

Darren Hartwell
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Like every NFL player, Chase Winovich is getting creative to stay in shape while in quarantine.

But the New England Patriots edge rusher had extra work to do this offseason after undergoing a recent surgery.

Winovich, who appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots during his rookie season, had hernia surgery in February, according to The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld.

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It appears Winovich is fully recovered from the operation, which thankfully happened just before many businesses shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He also has several ways of staying in shape: The 25-year-old uses a Peleton bike in his duplex house in Foxboro, Mass., per Grossfeld, and does "yoga, weights, canoeing and multiple other exercises" that include neck strengthening exercises on a medieval-sounding device call the Iron Neck.

He even has a spring-loaded football mounted on a wall that he punches "at least 25 times a day" to simulate forcing a fumble.

It's good to hear Winovich is staying active; the Michigan product tallied 5.5 sacks in 2019 as a high-impact rookie and should play a key role in New England's pass rush with linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts lost to free agency.

NFL Rumors: Patriots' Chase Winovich had hernia surgery in February originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston