Keeping tabs on injured Patriots

July, 22, 2014
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The countdown to training camp continues, with the New England Patriots scheduled to practice for the first time as a team on Thursday outside of Gillette Stadium.

As the on-field work draws nearer, it's a natural time to assess the injury issues that the Patriots are dealing with to open camp. This an overview of the best information that we have to this point.

Josh Boyce -- Second-year receiver tweaked his knee on the second day of the team's mandatory minicamp June 18 and didn't practice again. But Boyce wasn't among a group of players landing on the physically-unable-to-perform list Monday, which could be a sign that he'll be ready to go.

Alfonzo Dennard -- Cornerback didn't participate in spring camps after reportedly undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. He was officially placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, but can come off at any time.

Aaron Dobson -- Second-round draft choice from 2013 didn't participate in spring camps after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot on March 10. He was officially placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, but can come off at any time.

Dominique Easley -- First-round draft choice tore both ACLs in college at Florida, and had seemingly taken a big step forward by joining teammates in drills for the first time on the final day of mandatory minicamp June 19. But on Monday, he was officially placed on the active/non-football injury list. He can come off at any time.

Roy Finch -- Undrafted rookie running back was a full participant in spring camps yet was placed on the active/non-football injury list for the start of training camp.

Jeremy Gallon -- Seventh-round draft choice from Michigan practiced sparingly in spring camps with an undisclosed injury. He was officially placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, but can come off at any time.

Rob Gronkowski -- Tight end said Friday that he plans to play the entire season as he recovers from a torn ACL. He hasn't been placed on the PUP list at this point, but that's still an option prior to the first practice of training camp Thursday.

Tommy Kelly -- Veteran defensive tackle who in June had expressed optimism in his recovery had participated in 11-on-11 drills in mandatory minicamp. But he was officially placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, and can come off at any time.

Ryan Mallett -- No. 2 quarterback was held out of the final two weeks of spring camps with a knee injury, but it doesn't appear to be anything that will keep him off the field for the start of training camp.

Jerod Mayo -- Linebacker tore his pectoral muscle on Oct. 13 and was a full participant in spring camps. He looks good to go for the start of training camp, where absorbing contact is the next step for him to tackle.

Matthew Slater -- Special teams captain didn't participate in team drills in spring camps with an undisclosed injury. He was officially placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, but can come off at any time.

Will Smith -- Veteran defensive end is coming back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the 2013 season. He was taking part in 11-on-11 drills by the end of spring minicamps and hasn't been placed on the PUP list at this time.

Sebastian Vollmer -- Starting right tackle, who broke his ankle on Oct. 27, appears to have made it all the way back. He was a full participant by the end of mandatory minicamp.

Vince Wilfork -- Veteran defensive tackle is coming off a ruptured Achilles and was optimistic about his progress back in June. Similar to Will Smith, whom he jogs next to in the team's warmup line, Wilfork has not been placed on the PUP list at this time.

D.J. Williams -- A strained calf kept the fifth-year tight end off the field in spring camps, but it looks like he's ready to go for the start of training camp.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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