A day after a workout in full pads, Bill Belichick’s team was back in helmets, shells and pants.
Though that work is a clear positive step for the Pro Bowler as he returns from offseason arm and back surgeries, it’s still a far cry from full-contact, game-day NFL action. Gronkowski reportedly left the practice field shortly after the media did on Sunday, so the degree of his participation in these early season practices is very much uncertain at this point.
Attendance-wise only one player from the current version of the 53-man roster was absent, that being veteran backup offensive lineman
New England also continued to tinker with its roster on Monday, waiving undrafted rookie offensive lineman Josh Kline and re-signing veteran defensive back
Also participating in practice was an offensive lineman wearing a No. 71 jersey. The Patriots do not have such a player listed on the roster or the practice squad at this point with that number.
Finally, newly claimed defensive lineman
Bill Belichick will hold a press conference at Gillette Stadium’s new media workroom at 12:15, while players will be available to the media during an open locker room segment from 12:45-1:30. News from those two events will be available later today on Patriots.com