Rookie haircuts part of the gig

August, 28, 2012
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[+] EnlargeTyler Urban
Courtesy of the PatriotsRookie TE Tyler Urban is an undrafted free agent.
In a time-honored tradition, Patriots rookies were the "beneficiaries" of new haircuts on Monday, courtesy of their veteran teammates.

The haircuts, two of which are pictured, were debuted at the Patriots' annual Charitable Foundation Kickoff Gala on Monday night.

Beyond those captured in photo, we were able to spot at least one rookie, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who received a different type of cut: specifically, Hightower's eyebrows had been entirely shaven off.

(Note: players with dreadlocks or long hair are typically spared a haircut in favor of a brow shave).

Rookie haircuts are a regularity throughout the NFL, as was evidenced during the premiere episode of "Hard Knocks," the HBO series that is taking an inside look at the Dolphins' training camp. Veteran Dolphins players took it upon themselves to not only cut the hair of their rookies, but also to dye the color of many of them.

[+] EnlargeBrad Herman
Courtesy of The PatriotsRookie tight end Brad Herman is an undrafted free agent out of Iowa.
Patriots offensive lineman Derek Dennis, who was waived by the Dolphins prior just prior to the commencement of training camp practices, lasted long enough in Miami to receive a hair cut complete with dyed spots around his head.

These new 'dos won't last for long, however.

Most rookies opt to shave whatever is left on their head within a few days time.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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