FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The return of receiver Brandon Lloyd and two more scraps between members of the offense and defense highlighted the Patriots’ Friday practice, which was the team’s eighth since training camp started.
Lloyd, whose work on the perimeter early in camp was impressive, had missed the last two practices.
As for the scraps, they came toward the end of the full-pads practice in 11-on-11 work, both on running plays. Once again, seemingly every player on the team was involved; many served as peacemakers, but there was plenty of pushing and shoving.
After the second scrap, coach Bill Belichick sent the team on three full laps around the field, players running from goal post to goal post.
Center/guard Ryan Wendell and linebacker Bobby Carpenter were at the heart of the first scrap. Rookie free agents Darrion Weems (offensive tackle) and Marcus Forston (defensive line) looked like they were in the middle of the second scrap.
After the scraps, there was a players-only huddle on the field.
On the injury front, offensive linemen Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly were looked at by the athletic training/medical staff. Koppen appeared to be in some pain, while Connolly looked like he was dealing with a heat-related issue. Also, defensive lineman Ron Brace didn’t finish practice, as he was being stretched out on the side.
Rookie safety Nate Ebner, the team’s sixth-round pick out of Ohio State, practiced for the first time.
In addition, veteran receivers Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney, veteran defensive back Will Allen and rookie defensive end Jake Bequette returned to practice.