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The New England Patriots bolstered it's wide receiver depth yesterday by acquiring fourth-year wide receiver Andre' Davis from the Cleveland Browns in a trade. Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe and Michael Felger of the Boston Herald both report that the Patriots sent their fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft to Cleveland in exchange for acquiring Davis.

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe reports that offensive lineman Matt Light suffered a leg injury and was seen wearing a protective boot at Gillette Stadium yesterday. Light was walking with the aid of crutches.

Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reports that several of the Patriots walking wounded returned to practice yesterday at Gillette Stadium. Players of note that returned to practice were running back Cedric Cobbs, safety Guss Scott, wide receiver P.K. Sam, tight end Jed Weaver, defensive end Ty Warren and cornerback Randall Gay.

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue visited Gillette Stadium yesterday as part of his tour of NFL training camps. Tagliabue fielded questions from the media on wide variety of topics such as the death of San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Thomas Herrion, use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and whether the NFL would be able to test for the substance. Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald and Tom Curran of the Providence Journal both offer reports on the NFL commissioners visit to Gillette Stadium.

Tom Curran of the Providence Journal writes that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick criticized the play of cornerback Ellis Hobbs during last weeks preseason matchup against the Saints in which Hobbs went for an interception and instead was beat for a 34-yard touchdown. "You can't go out there and miss an interception and give up a touchdown. You can't play like that. It's not worth it," Belichick said. "There's nobody behind you. If the safety or the corner misjudges the ball and the guy goes in for a touchdown, you think the nose tackle is going to catch him? It's all over. Corners can't play like that. If there's any doubt in your mind then you have to make the secure play and give the rest of the team a chance to line up for another down." A similar report is also offered by Michael Felger of the Boston Herald.

Tom Curran of the Providence Journal also offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes and commentary.

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