The New England Patriots were back on the practice field today, as they begin their preparation for the lowly 2-9 Houston Texans.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was gone yet again, due to a knee injury that he sustained two weeks ago in Carolina. The Patriots signed D.J Williams yesterday, most likely because of Hooman’s injury, and according to Nick Underhill of Masslive.com, Williams was on the field, practicing with the team.
Aaron Dobson and Marcus Cannon were also absent, this marking Dobson’s first missed practice of the season. Unless Dobson was recently injured, he is not currently dealing with any restrictions in that department, which leaves the reason behind his absence today unknown. Dobson had been playing well as of late, although he saw fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins receive most of the outside receiver snaps, in the second half of their comeback win over Denver.
Cannon suffered an ankle injury early in last week’s win over the Broncos, and just based on what I saw, he may be out for a few more weeks with that injury. Will Svitek filled in admirably for Cannon, making him the prime candidate to fill in for Cannon, if he were to miss an extended amount of time.