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Bodden returns; Vollmer absent

9/5/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots are holding their afternoon practice on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium, and the big news is that starting right cornerback Leigh Bodden has returned. Bodden has been sidelined since the second preseason game with an undisclosed injury.

Meanwhile, starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was among those not present at the media-access portion of practice. Vollmer missed the preseason finale, although it was unclear why.

Other players not present for the media-access portion of practice today are:

WR Taylor Price

RB Stevan Ridley

CB Kyle Arrington

RB Shane Vereen

LB Jeff Tarpinian

DE Mark Anderson

DE Jermaine Cunningham

Elsewhere, injured interior offensive linemen Dan Connolly (right ankle) and Ryan Wendell (calf) were back on the practice field, as the Patriots worked out in light shoulder pads and shorts/sweatpants.