FOXBORO -- The Patriots kicked up the pace for their fifth OTA session of the year. Six players were missing, including injured players Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) and Julian Edelman (foot).
Offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Will Svitek were absent for currently undisclosed reasons.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back Brandon Bolden continue to play hooky.
A handful of players were limited for the day: Tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive backs Devin McCourty, Nate Ebner, and Duron Harmon, offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer and Dan Connolly, and linebacker Niko Koutouvides. Receivers Josh Boyce and Mark Harrison spent some time on stationary bikes.