The Patriots will begin training camp on Thursday, but there will be a handful of players who won't be participating right away.
The Patriots placed Logan Mankins, Brandon Spikes, Sebastian Vollmer, Daniel Fells, Myron Pryor, and Jake Ballard on activePUP list on Monday, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Mankins is recovering from ACL surgery after injuring it in Super Bowl XLVI and it's unclear when he will be back at this point. Brandon Spikes (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) are also recovering from offseason surgery.
Jake Ballard (knee) is expected to miss the 2012 season.
A noticeable name not on that list is tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has had quite the summer for himself and appears to be ready for what training camp has in store.
Another good sign is the absence of defensive end Jonathan Fanene, who injured his left leg during Patriots minicamp last month.
There was some hope that tight end Daniel Fells (leg) would be ready for the start of training camp, but that doesn't look to be the case. The Patriots reportedly worked out Visanthe Shiancoe earlier this week and will continue to look at tight ends as long as Fells is down.
The Pats have until the end of the preseason to take these players off the list. Any player on the list after that will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
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.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.