The Patriots began their preparation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today with their first practice of the new week. After one of the worst performances in recent history on Thursday night (offensively speaking), I am sure that everybody on the Pats roster was excited to get back on the field.
According to ESPN Boston’s Field Yates, cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard were not present at practice, as well as special teams ace Matthew Slater. Dennard’s absence is no surprise as he was in court concerning his summer DUI arrest (Musket Fire’s Tim Dillon has his situation covered here). Talib’s reason for missing practice is currently unknown, but it is known that Slater has a broken bone in his hand, and he as of right now he may not be a go on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola has been the focus of attention over the last couple of weeks in Foxboro because of his injury riddled start to 2013. It has been reported that Amendola may miss up to a month because of surgery needed to repair torn adducters. However Amendola was at practice today, and although every report I saw said that he looked extremely uncomfortable out there, being present is the first step back towards getting on the field. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski was also at practice, and this bodes well for the Patriots concerning his return to the football field.