- Mike Rodak, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots opened a three-day minicamp with a 90-minute practice on Tuesday. As head coach Bill Belchick noted in his morning news conference, the session was a continuation of organized team activities, so players were still in helmets, blue and gray T-shirts without uniform numbers and shorts.
Remaining out of action were offensive linemen Brian Waters, Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer; wide receiver Matthew Slater; linebacker Brandon Spikes; tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Daniel Fells, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, offensive lineman Markus Zusevics and linebacker Tracy White. Of these players, Mankins, Vollmer, Spikes, Slater, Zusevics, Gronkowski, and White were all on the practice field at various points doing rehab work.
Defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene appeared to suffer a left knee injury during an 11-on-11 drill late in practice. Head trainer Jim Whalen worked on Fanene on the sideline before Fanene put his knee sleeve back on and returned to watch the end of practice.