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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Gronkowski returns to practice; Mason, Branch still missing

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Gronkowski returns to practice; Mason, Branch still missing

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had a welcome face back on the practice field on Wednesday, as tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to action after missing the team's previous five practices as he dealt with an injury. 

Gronkowski participated in the warmup period of practice and then remained with the majority of his teammates for drills. 

The last time Gronkowski was spotted on the field was last Monday, which was the first of three joint practices between the Patriots and the Bears. He pulled up after pursuing a Tom Brady pass, walked along the sideline, met with head trainer Jim Whalen, and then left practice early. He did not suit up for Thursday's game against Chicago. 

Gronkowski has not participated in a preseason game since 2012. 

Patriots not spotted at Wednesday's practice were Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Sebastian Vollmer (on the physically unable to perform list) and Dion Lewis (also on PUP). Alan Branch, who has been suspended by the team before last week's preseason game, was also missing. 

Jabaal Sheard, Rob Ninkovich, Malcolm Mitchell, Shea McClellin, Tre' Jackson (PUP) and Danny Amendola (PUP) were present for warmups but went to a lower field for conditioning. Amendola and Jackson were not in pads for the short-and-shells session. 

Jon Bon Jovi was taking in the session alongside Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. 

Update: Stork contemplates retirement in wake of trade to Redskins

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Update: Stork contemplates retirement in wake of trade to Redskins

When word leaked this morning that the Patriots would release center Bryan Stork, the first question that popped to many people's minds was: "Couldn't they have traded him?"

Well, hours after the news broke, they apparently did:

And a few minutes later, Ian Rapoport came through with more information:

But now, as reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay, the deal might not happen:

Stay tuned.