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Patriots practice 15 observations

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observations from Wednesday afternoon's practice, the Patriots' 15th of training camp, which was held in shorts and shells and on the Gillette Stadium field:

  • Head coach Bill Belichick made this a "game preparation" practice, giving players a feel for how they would come out of the tunnel and handle the opening coin toss.

  • Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was a late arrival to the walkthrough session after missing about the first half of practice.

  • Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left Monday's practice early and missed Tuesday's session, returned to the practice field in uniform and shells on Wednesday.

  • Defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright were not seen for a fifth straight practice, making it highly unlikely they will play in Thursday night's preseason opener.

  • Linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive lineman Shaun Ellis (active/PUP), offensive linemen Chris Morris (left leg) and Marcus Cannon (active/NFI), linebacker/safety Josh Barrett, and running back Kevin Faulk (active/PUP) were all spotted out-of-uniform on the sidelines at one point or another during the session.

  • Other than Haynesworth, Wright, and Ochocinco, the following players were not spotted on Wednesday: running backs Shane Vereen and Eric Kettani; wide receiver Brandon Tate; offensive linemen Matt Light (active/PUP), Dan Connolly (right elbow), and Ryan Wendell (calf); defensive linemen Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick (both active/PUP); cornerback Ras-I Dowling; and safety James Sanders.

  • Rookie offensive lineman Mark Wetterer, who was claimed off waivers on Tuesday, was in uniform wearing No. 75.

  • Retired offensive lineman Stephen Neal took in another day of practice on Wednesday, chatting with former teammates and coaches.

  • Patriots president Jonathan Kraft's oldest son Harry took snaps at quarterback during the practice, making some impressive throws and getting pointers from quarterback Tom Brady along the way.