FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Veteran defensive lineman Shaun Ellis has joined his Patriots teammates at today's practice, taking the field with his helmet in a sign that he is coming off the active/physically unable to perform list.
Later, Bill Belichick confirmed that Ellis is off the PUP list.
Meanwhile, defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has also taken the field for a shorts-and-t-shirt practice, a sign that he might be ready to return to practice for the first time since Aug. 3. While other teammates were wearing helmets, Haynesworth was not. Belichick later said he's "day to day."
The Patriots are deep along the defensive line and the additions of Ellis and Haynesworth only figure to make them stronger.
On Aug. 7, Ellis agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots that could be worth up to $4 million. He has yet to practice, presumably because of his hip. The versatile Ellis has played in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments over his 11-year career, making him a good fit for Bill Belichick's multiple defense. When the Jets played a 4-3, Ellis mostly lined up at end. He also has experience as an interior sub rusher.
Haynesworth took a reduced salary to consummate his trade to the Patriots, accepting a deal with a $1.5 million base salary. He can earn more in incentives. In the limited time he was on the practice field early in camp, he was a dominant presence.