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Notes from Sunday PM practice

08.16.09 at 6:16 pm ET
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FOXBOROUGH — Just a few notes here from Foxborough as the Sunday evening camp sessions just wrapped up (have to get home in time for Mad Men…):

‘€¢It was a hot one. Really hot. And humid. A tough day for football. Two offensive linemen went down during practice — veteran Logan Mankins down on all fours at the end of a penalty lap that the offense had to run, and had to be removed with the trainers’€™ cart. And at the very end of practice, it appeared that rookie Rich Ohrnberger was carted off as well.

‘€¢By our count, the following players were not on the field for the session: punter Chris Hanson, wide receiver Shun White, wide receiver Brandon Tate, cornerback Shawn Springs, running back Sammy Morris, cornerback Mike Richardson, linebacker Paris Lenon, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir, offensive lineman George Bussey, wide receiver Wes Welker, tight end Benjamin Watson, tight end Tyson DeVree and defensive lineman Mike Wright.

‘€¢After practice, a handful of players spoke and drew big crowds, including Pat Chung, Fred Taylor, Tedy Bruschi and Ron Brace. We’€™ll have something on Chung and Bruschi along a little later this evening.

‘€¢In a series of early passing drills, Tom Brady and Randy Moss hooked up for some sweet connections early on, with Moss taking it to Terrence Wheatley on one reception and hauling in a grab over Jonathan Wilhite (who was wearing a red non-contact jersey) later on. In the same drills, Kevin O’€™Connell had a nice hook-up with Terrence Nunn over Wheatley.

‘€¢In our continuing quest to try and figure out the backup quarterback situation, read into this what you will — on Sunday, when the quarterbacks would go off and do a quarterback-specific drill, more often than not it would be Brady and O’€™Connell, while Andrew Walter and Brian Hoyer would be working together on another part of the field. A bit of a change from last week, where Brady and Walter were working spent most of their time working together while O’Connell and Hoyer would be together.

‘€¢After some early work on kickoffs, Wilhite had a nice breakup on a Brady pass for Julian Edelman in 7-on-7 drills. (Edelman bounced back with a nice catch immediately after that.)

‘€¢One of the highlights of the day came when James Sanders and Darius Butler combined for a nice pass breakup on a deep ball down the middle of the field that Brady threw for Galloway. Later in the day, Butler had another nice breakup of his own when he busted up a Brady pass for Greg Lewis down the sidelines.

‘€¢Brandon Meriweather had a really nice pick on Brady on a pass over the middle that was intended for Edelman.

‘€¢Sam Aiken hasn’€™t gotten all that many opportunities in the offense, but when they’€™ve thrown the ball in his direction, more often than not, he’€™s made the catch. He did it again Sunday, laying out for a grab on a pass from Brady. Don’€™t be shocked if Aiken becomes a semi-regular part of the New England offense. He could surprise.

‘€¢Adalius Thomas had a nice play in coverage when he batted down an O’€™Connell pass for Lewis. Later on, O’€™Connell had a possible connection with Joey Galloway (who saw a lot of action on Sunday) broken up by Leigh Bodden, who had another good day in coverage.

‘€¢Late in practice, the offense was forced to run a lap for an unknown infraction — a group that included offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. With about ¾ of the lap completed, Mankins stopped, but his hands on his knees, and then gradually continued to the ground. He was on all fours for a second or two, and then rolled over on his back while be attended to by a trainer and a member of the Pats‘ support staff. It clearly wasn’€™t a strain or a cramp — the trainers were not working on him, but he was chugging down the fluids. He got up with some assistance and then was helped onto the cart and driven away. Again, it did not appear to be serious, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

‘€¢Ohrnberger and Sebastian Vollmer were later forced to run a lap for a false start, one they both barely finished because of the conditions. Later, at the very end of practice, the media was moved down toward the interview area and away from the field, but we saw one player helped to his feet and taken away on the trainers’€™ cart. It was later determined that player was Ohrnberger.

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