Dowling, Fletcher missing from practice

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Dowling, Fletcher missing from practice

FOXBORO The New England Patriots injury report remains relatively the same with one exception.

Cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip), who was limited in practice on Wednesday, did not participate in Thursday's practice. He joins linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb), who did not practice for the third consecutive day.

Linebacker Jerod Mayo, recovering from a knee injury, had limited participation in Thursday's practice.

PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Josh Barrett (thumb), CB Leigh Bodden (thumb), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back).

STEELERS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB James Harrison (eye), T Chris Hoke (neck), G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Hines Ward (ankle).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB James Farrior (calf), LB Jason Worilds (quadricep).

Terrance Knighton doing everything he can to prep for training camp

Terrance Knighton doing everything he can to prep for training camp

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Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

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Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.

Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.

Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.

Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.

That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.

Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.

Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.

We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.

Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.

The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.

Tom E. Curran can be followed on Twitter: @tomecurran