Dowling, Cunningham miss practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After being unable to finish practice on Thursday due to unknown injuries, both cornerback Ras-I Dowling and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham did not take part in Friday's on-field work.

In addition, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon and Kevin Haslam did not participate in practice. Cannon left a recent practice early, likely due to an unspecified injury.

Second year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard spent much of team work periods standing on the sidelines as an observer, though it is unclear if he is dealing with an injury issue. Wide receiver Michael Jenkins pulled up early in practice and spent much of the rest of the session with an ice pack around his left thigh/hamstring area.

The team worked in full pads for the fifth straight practice, continuing, as head coach Bill Belichick remarked on, its focus on more team and situation related work (specific down and distances, etc.).

Running back Brandon Bolden, safety Nate Ebner and offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Elvis Fisher were among the players who were dressed but spent part of practice working with the team's training staff or on the stationary bike.

Offensively, the passing game was sharp in both red zone and field work. Receiver Julian Edelman was back on the field for the second straight day.

The special teams focus for the practice was the punt team.

The Patriots will practice again on Saturday morning before giving the players Sunday off.