Reports: Fletcher (thumb) wearing cast

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Reports: Fletcher (thumb) wearing cast

Dane Fletcher had been using training camp before his second season to make significant strides in the Patriots defense, but it seems his development may have hit a bit of a speed bump.

Fletcher injured his thumb on Thursday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and according to multiple reports, his right hand is now in a cast.

It's not yet known whether Fletcher's thumb is broken, or how long he will be out.

The Patriots recently signed linebacker Ricky Brown, who will help the Pats' depth at linebacker should Fletcher miss significant time.

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.