By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Thirteen Patriots players were missing from the beginning ofTuesdays practice at Gillette Stadium, while three previously missing playersreturned to the field.
The three returneesto the fully-padded practice were linebackers Brandon Spikes and DaneFletcher, and defensive lineman Mike Wright.
Wes Welker, Taylor Price, Stevan Ridley, Leigh Bodden, KevinFaulk, Eric Kettani, Jeff Tarpinian, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly,Brandon Deaderick, Jermaine Cunningham, and Ron Brace were not practicing onTuesday.
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President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.
At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally.
He also lamented that football has become less violent.
“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.