The New England Patriots saw three players suffer injuries during today’s final session of media-access OTAs, as ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reported that second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard suffered a left arm or shoulder injury and had to be carted off, and both tight end Jake Ballard and star running back Stevan Ridley also incurred injuries. We already spoke about Dennard’s injury on our site, which was the injury of the most significance, so we’ll speak briefly about the non-participants and injuries to Ballard and Ridley.
Neither Ballard’s nor Ridley’s injuries seemed to draw much concern from Reiss, who said that both ailments don’t look “serious”, which is obviously great news. Ridley’s a stud, and it would have been crushing to see another tight end go down with an injury, especially since Ballard has just recovered from severe knee injuries.
Ridley reportedly grabbed his right hamstring after catching a pass during 7-on-7 drills and did not return to practice. Ballard, meanwhile, left practice with a potential left ankle or foot injury when going down in the end zone for a pass. Again, neither injury is serious, and the other thing to keep in mind is that it is June. Only Dennard’s injury is worth even potentially worrying about at this point, and that’s a storyline to keep some tabs on.
Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes, and Julian Edelman were three obvious non-participants, but it was interesting to see that offensive lineman Nick McDonald once again missed OTAs. Is he injured? Who knows. Penn State Nittany Lions UDFA cornerback Stephon Morris was also not spotted at OTAs.
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