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Wednesday Patriots training camp report: Injuries starting to pile up

Ryan Hannable
August 02, 2017 - 12:33 pm

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their sixth training camp session Wednesday morning on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium. It was a nearly two-hour session held in full pads, the fourth padded practice this summer.

It was the most action-packed practice thus far, but the biggest takeaway were the number of injuries, especially at wide receiver.

Who didn’t practice: Dont’a Hightower (PUP), Alan Branch (PUP), Andrew Jelks (NFI), Cody Hollister, Josh Augusta

Who returned: Duron Harmon

Who was injured during session: Matthew Slater (unknown, didn't return), Chris Hogan (knee, was limited), Julian Edelman (unclear, but seemed hobbled and walked slowly at times), David Andrews (upper body, but shook it off)

Play of the day: Second-year cornerback Jonathan Jones had a great interception of Tom Brady in the back of the end zone. Jones took the ball away from Edelman.

Here are some more observations from the session.

-- Injuries were the story of the day as they are starting to pile up. Wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola, safety Duron Harmon, running back Mike Gillislee, safety David Jones and tight end James O’Shaughnessy all went to the lower fields to work on conditioning. This is a good sign for Harmon, who was injured over the weekend. Amendola returned to the main field, but only participated in punt return drills.

-- Slater has appeared to be battling something the past few days, but in the middle of the session he walked to the medical tent where Bill Belichick later joined. Hogan too has appeared to be battling a knee injury the last several days and towards the end of the session was sitting on the ground with an ice pack on his knee. Considering the number of wide outs down, the healthy ones have been asked to do a lot.

-- Given all the injuries at receiver, it wouldn't be a surprise for the team to add one in the coming days just to have an extra body.

-- Perhaps due to the lack of bodies, Brady didn't have the best day. It was probably his worst day of camp, as he missed several open receivers. Jimmy Garoppolo had a bounce-back day as he looked much better than a day before. It was a standard day for Jacoby Brissett, who saw less snaps than the other two and was pretty inconsistent.

-- Early on in 1-on-1's Kenny Moore broke up a pass with Edelman. It was a good play for the rookie.

-- In 11-on-11's, Malcolm Butler had a nice pass break up on a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski. The defense got good push up the middle making things tough on Brady.

-- When it was Garoppolo's return, he had a nice connection to Hogan on the sidelines with Eric Rowe in coverage.

-- The Patriots worked a number of different players returning punts, including Brandin Cooks and Hogan. After a rough spring and first practice, Cyrus Jones has looked more comfortable.

-- Adam Butler stood out on the defensive line getting some time going against Brady.

-- Overall, it appears the communication on defense has been lacking, especially up front. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise with Dont'a Hightower out and Rob Ninkovich retiring. Shea McClellin has stood out as a player taking charge.

-- During special teams work, Josh McDaniels, Brady and Gronkowski all huddled up and were going over a few things.

-- During 11-on-11 work, Andrews appeared to take a shot to his upper body and was dinged up, but didn't miss any action.

-- Jonathan Jones had his nice interception of Brady. It was just his second thrown all camp.

-- Ninkovich was on hand working as a coach with several defensive players.