Notes: Haynesworth participation limited in practice

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Notes: Haynesworth participation limited in practice

By Danny Picard
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FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Patriots were in full pads for their two-hour afternoonpractice session on Sunday, but it wasnt the smoothest the team has looked intheir first four days of training camp.

Sticking out at the afternoon practice was many droppedballs and several fumbles. Most notably from newly acquired wide receiver ChadOchcocinco, who dropped multiple passes in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

Ochocinco didnt have to run laps though, like quarterbackRyan Mallett and running back Danny Woodhead. Mallett fumbled a snap early inthe practice, and Woodhead followed it up with a lost fumble of his own momentslater, forcing them to do a lap around the practice field.

Other than those instances, all eyes were on newly acquired defensivelineman Albert Haynesworth, who participated in his first practice with theteam on Sunday.

Haynesworth didnt participate fully, though. He ranthrough several drills in the opening hour of practice, but after that, hewatched the entire 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills from the sideline.

Even while the rest of the top unit (offense and defense)ran sprints to conclude the practice, Haynesworth remained on the sideline anddid some abdominal work and stretching.

There was a lighter moment midway through the secondsession, as Ochcocinco made his way over to the defensive linemen during abreak in action. Ochocinco had everyone in the group laughing, includinglinebacker coach Pepper Johnson, Vince Wilfork, and Haynesworth. Ochocinco endedthe friendly encounter with a handshake with Johnson.

To give you an idea as to where some are in the earlystages of training camp, quarterback Tom Brady had to go out of his way tocritique rookie running back Stevan Ridleys position in the backfield whilein shotgun formation. Just before the snap, Brady tapped him on the shoulderand pointed to another spot on the field, about a yard ahead of where heinitially was. A sign of perfection from Brady. A sign of youth from Ridley.

The hit of the day goes to linebacker Brandon Spikes, ashe stood up tight end Aaron Hernandez with a hard shoulder at the line ofscrimmage. Hernandez stayed on his feet, but Spikes clearly held up.

On an afternoon that didnt see much excitement from theoffense, the defensive play of the day came from safety Patrick Chung andcornerback Leigh Bodden, in a combined effort to hold onto an interception on aBrian Hoyer underthrown ball that was intended for tight end Rob Gronkowskidown the right sideline.

Gronkowski made a nice effort to reach over Bodden and gethis hands on the ball that was targeted for Boddens chest. But as Bodden andGronkowski tried to rip the ball from each other on the ground, Chung came overand helped the defense win the battle.

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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.