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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Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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