Some quick notes on the Patriots’ Saturday afternoon practice
|08.20.11 at 4:51 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots wrapped up their final training camp practice with an hourlong session on Saturday afternoon, their 21st practice of camp, which was held under occasionally cloudy skies and in helmets and no pads. (The skies opened up and it started to rain — very hard — just as practice came to a close.)
•The following players were not on the field: Taylor Price, Stevan Ridley, Leigh Bodden, Bret Lockett, Darius Butler, Shane Vereen, Josh Barrett, Danny Woodhead, Malcolm Williams, Eric Kettani, Jeff Tarpinian, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, Brandon Deaderick, Lee Smith, Jermaine Cunningham, Ron Brace and Mike Wright. In addition, Kevin Faulk and Ras-I Dowling were on the field in sweats.
•Saturday marked the return of Albert Haynesworth to the practice field for the first time since Aug. 3. Haynesworth was in shorts and a jersey — but no helmet — for the duration of the session. He spent most of the time off to the sideline as the rest of the defensive linemen took part in the slow-speed walkthrough. Toward the end of practice, Haynesworth chatted with owner Robert Kraft on the sidelines while other players went through a post-practice routine of jogging and stretching. He did not speak with the media after practice.
•Meanwhile, fellow defensive lineman Shaun Ellis was on the field, and he was slightly more active than Haynesworth. (According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Ellis was removed from the PUP list.) Ellis did have a helmet and did take part in the end-of-practice stretching and jogging, but was on the sidelines for much of the afternoon. He did address the media after practice — more on that shortly.
•Several other names of note were on the field, including wide receiver/returners Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman. Tate had not been on the field for a practice since Aug. 4, while Edelman had been sidelined since Aug. 13. Both took part in special teams drills as returners.
•In offensive line work, rookie left tackle Nate Solder got some work at right guard. After practice, Belichick was asked about Solder at a different spot. “We’re going to look at players at a lot of different positions, like we always do so we have depth on our roster,” he said. “We only take seven linemen to a game; you’ve got to double up.”
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