Patriots practice breakdown

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots held their lone Monday practice in the Dana Farber Fieldhouse due to inclement weather. Players were in shorts and shells (light shoulder pads) for the session.

Half-dozen players return. Six players who either did not practice or did not make the trip to Atlanta were in uniform on Monday afternoon. Linebackers Tully Banta-Cain, Gary Guyton, Thomas Williams, and Dane Fletcher; defensive lineman Damione Lewis; cornerback Leigh Bodden; and offensive lineman George Bussey all made their returns to the practice field.

Five players present, but don't practice. Five players were in t-shirts and shorts for the practice, including three players who played in Thursday’s preseason game in Atlanta: tight end Aaron Hernandez, linebacker Eric Alexander, and offensive lineman Mark LeVoir. They were joined by wide receiver Darnell Jenkins and outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, who made his first appearance since going down with an injury during the last practice before the preseason opener.

Edelman among those absent. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who played in Thursday’s preseason game in Atlanta, was not seen on the practice fields. Also absent were defensive lineman Kade Weston, wide receiver Matthew Slater, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, and safeties Bret Lockett and Josh Barrett.

Ojinnaka passes physical, practices. Newly-acquired offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka was on the field for the majority of the session, wearing No. 68. He saw time late in practice at both the left and right tackle positions.

Ventrone returns; roster move coming. Safety Ross Ventrone, who was waived last week, was on the practice fields on Monday. That means the Patriots should soon be announcing a roster move as they are at the 80-man limit.

Gronkowski looks sharp. The practice itself featured tight end Rob Gronkowski as a frequent target of the offense. He had two catches on deep seam patterns on passes from quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Disruptive defensive backs. Safety Brandon Meriweather dropped two interceptions during the practice, including one thrown right at him during red zone work. But he also made a nice pick in the deep third of the field. Cornerback Darius Butler also dropped a would-be interception going across the middle, while safety Sergio Brown was able to come down with a ball in the end zone.