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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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)