Spikes, Bolden, two others missing from OTAs

Spikes, Bolden, two others missing from OTAs
May 21, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Just four players were MIA from Day 2 of Patriots OTA's. Linebacker Brandon Spikes, who skipped Monday's session per the Boston Herald, was missing again on Tuesday. Second-year running back Brandon Bolden had an unspecified absence. The Baton Rouge native's last update was that he spent the previous weekend in New Orleans. According to the Globe, he suffered a left ankle injury during training and is expected back next week. 

Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman were also not seen on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. The pair was expected to be out, as the tight end had a fourth surgery on his broken arm Monday, and Edelman recently reaggravated the foot injury that ended his 2012 season. 

A trio of rookies -- receivers Josh Boyce and Mark Harrison, and defensive back Duron Harmon -- rode stationary bikes when the workout began. Tight end Jake Ballard did some extra stretching and resistance running with a trainer, but did hit the field. The former Giant missed last season, his first in New England, after tearing his ACL in the 2011 Super Bowl. He looked a touch slow Tuesday, as to be expected. 

Pacing of the shorts and shells session started a bit faster than a walk-through. The Patriots did stretching, special teams and positional drills, and 7-on-7. Focus was heavy on the passing game. Most of May's exercises are for installation, fundamentals, and communication. Do guys know where they're supposed to be? Are they getting back to the huddle? Are new players getting acclimated? 

Danny Amendola is one such fresh face. The receiver, along with 10-year veteran and fellow Patriots newcomer Michael Jenkins, got some valuable 2-on-1 time with Tom Brady.