Haynesworth, Ellis among those at Saturday's camp


Haynesworth, Ellis among those at Saturday's camp

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- New England held its final training camp session on Saturday afternoon. It was a low impact walk-through ending in dynamic and static stretching and running. The usual game of "Who's here?" being the most exciting part of the show.

Why? Albert Haynesworth finally showed up.

The defensive tackle hasn't practiced since August 3, but his presence signals he's close to a comeback. Bill Belichick didn't elaborate, saying only that Haynesworth is "day-to-day."

Today wasn't a challenging one. He wore shorts and a t-shirt and didn't do much more than watch. He

Defensive lineman Shaun Ellis also joined the team. It was the veteran's first session since his August 7 signing. For those who need stronger evidence than Ellis putting on a helmet, Belichick confirmed the player's removal from the activePUP list after practice.

He had a largely observation day like Haynesworth, but jumped into the stretching and running drills at practice's end.

Saturday also marked the returns of wideouts Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate, safety James Sanders,

Danny Woodhead was notably absent. The status was feared but unsurprising, as the running back took a monster hit in the fourth quarter of New England's 34-14 win over Tampa Bay. There was no medical update as to any specific injury.

Safety Bret Lockett was also a no-show after suffering an injury (thigh) during the Buccaneers game.

It's something to watch, considering the Patriots signed former Jets safety and special teamer James Ihedigbo Friday. Ihedigbo will wear number 43.

"I definitely kind of modeled my game after Rodney Harrison -- physical," he quipped after practice.

He joined veteran linebacker Ricky Brown (Boston College, Oakland Raiders) as new kids on the field. Brown, wearing number 47, spent some time in conference with Rob Ninkovich in between drills.

Still missing: Jermaine Cunningham, Mike Wright, Taylor Price, Brandon Spikes.

Fresh out: Cornerbacks Darius Butler and Leigh Bodden, rookie tight end Lee Smith, Dane Fletcher (thumb).

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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.