Price, Vollmer, not present early at Pats' practice

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Price, Vollmer, not present early at Pats' practice

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, wide receiver Taylor Price, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and corner Kyle Arrington were some of the key Patriots missing from the early portion of Monday's Labor Day practice at Gillette Stadium. Also missing were rookie running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, rookie linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and defensive end Mark Anderson, according to Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi.Arrington appeared to injure his groin in the Patriots' final preseason game. Vereen also played Thursday. All the others missed the game against the Giants. On the bright side, corner Leigh Bodden and linemen Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell were back after missing time last week.

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Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter