Bodden returns, but not Koppen or Wright, to practice

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Bodden returns, but not Koppen or Wright, to practice

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- The Patriots practiced in shells and shorts for the second straight day on Thursday at Gillette Stadium, and only two players were missing.

Center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Mike Wright were both absent, while cornerback Leigh Bodden returned after missing Wednesday's practice.

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Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.