AFC East: Training camp

Injuries adding up for AFC rivals

August, 18, 2013
In starting the regular season against the Buffalo Bills and then the New York Jets, the Patriots have a chance to get off on the right foot in the AFC East.

Unfortunately for each of the Patriots' division rivals, Week 2 in the preseason resulted in a critical injury to a player on their respective rosters.

The Bills announced earlier Sunday that rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel -- who some believed to be the presumptive Week 1 starter -- had successful surgery on his knee, a procedure that will keep him out for the remainder of the preseason. That could put his opening day in jeopardy, and may result in the Patriots facing off against Kevin Kolb, the veteran signed by Buffalo this offseason.

Meanwhile in New York, is reporting that outside linebacker Quinton Coples has a hairline fracture in his ankle that could cost him between three and four weeks. The injury was suffered Saturday night, meaning a possible return could coincide with the Week 2 matchup. Coples, the team's first-round pick last season, has worked as a stand-up outside linebacker this training camp, as the team is hoping to utilize his length to set the edge and also boost its pass rush.

Finally, the Dolphins, who the Patriots don't play until Week 8, suffered a big blow in the passing game, as ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that tight end Dustin Keller will miss the season due to a knee injury. Keller, a former Jet, has performed well against the Patriots in his career, averaging four catches and nearly 51 yards per game against them. The Dolphins were hoping he would provide stability for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and Keller has been regarded as one of the team's stars of training camp.

Practice report: Day 3 in Philly

August, 8, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The Patriots and Eagles wrapped up their week of joint practices on Thursday, conducting a light workout in helmets and shells with a focus on special teams and situational work.

It was the third joint practice of the week, an experience that both teams seemed to view as productive.

From an attendance standpoint, second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard left the field early with strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash. He eventually returned alongside Nash, though he did not participate in drills from that point on. It is unclear the nature of the issue he is dealing with.

The following players were not spotted during the workout: receivers Michael Jenkins and Mark Harrison, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, safety Nate Ebner, tight ends Brandon Ford and Rob Gronkowski, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon, Markus Zusevics, Tyronne Green and Kevin Haslam, and defensive linemen Jermaine Cunningham and Armond Armstead.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, the first exhibition game for both teams.