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Wednesday Patriots training camp report: Injuries starting to become issue

Ryan Hannable
August 01, 2018 - 1:16 pm
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FOXBORO — The Patriots held their sixth training camp practice of the summer Wednesday morning, third in full pads, on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium. It was held in cloudy conditions so it wasn't as hot as the sessions last week. 

The practice had a little more intensity than last week, but not by much.

Who didn't practice: Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathan Jones (PUP), Cyrus Jones (PUP), Nate Ebner (PUP), Kenny Britt (PUP),  Matthew Slater (PUP), Keion Crossen, Jordan Matthews (reportedly cut), Mike Gillislee

Who returned: None

Who was injured during session: Sony Michel (left leg), Marcus Cannon (unknown)

Play of the day: Stephon Gilmore had another impressive pass break up deflecting a pass intended for Chris Hogan up the sideline.

Here are some more observations from the session.

-- All of the players who didn't practice (besides Matthews) were at least spotted on the lower fields going through conditioning drills. So it would appear even though they aren't practicing, they are working their way back towards getting on the field.

-- The biggest story of the day was the injuries are starting to become an issue. Cannon left practice very early on before any real intense drills began. It was unclear what happened, but it likely wasn't related to what forced him to leave practice early last Thursday. LaAdrian Waddle replaced him on the offensive line. Michel appeared to injure his left leg during half-line drills. He cut through a hole and immediately after the play went to ride the stationary bike. After a few minutes he went to the blue medical tent before ultimately walking off the field under his own power.

-- There are a number of injuries at both the running back and wide receiver positions, which could be part of the reason why we just haven't seen many competitive passing plays to date -- there just aren't enough healthy bodies to do so.

-- Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer saw the majority of the reps with Danny Etling closing out the practice getting his reps with the third-stringers. There wasn't a whole lot of competitive passing plays, but Brady did look a little sharper than last week.

-- Jeremy Hill saw extensive time with Gilislee and Michel being sidelined.

-- For the first time this summer we saw 1-on-1 drills between wide outs and cornerbacks. Jacob Hollister made the catch of that drill as he dove and snagged a Brady pass. Brady also threw a dime to Hogan up the sideline.

-- In offensive line vs. defensive line 1-on-1s, Trent Brown stood out once again, winning all four of his reps. Waddle and Kyle Van Noy appeared to shove each other after one rep, but it didn't escalate. Vincent Valentine needed to run a lap.

-- Also in that drill, Dont'a Hightower appeared to stop halfway through one of his reps and then walked very slowly after. It was unclear what happened, but he was moving gingerly so it could be something to keep an eye on moving forward. He did continue practicing, though.

-- The team will be back at it Thursday morning.

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