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Wake-up call: Bill Belichick gets it started

7/24/2014

Every day of training camp, we'll have a wake-up call that previews the day ahead.

8:30 a.m. ET -- Bill Belichick's opening news conference

8:45 a.m. ET -- News conferences with DE Rob Ninkovich, S Devin McCourty and G Logan Mankins

Wednesday marks the official reporting day for New England Patriots veterans, which usually includes the annual conditioning test. The rookies and most injured players have been in since Sunday.

Remarks from Belichick, Ninkovich, McCourty and Mankins will preview the first practice of camp, which is scheduled for Thursday morning. Based on the current forecast, the first practice could be a wet one, similar to last year. Quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker Jerod Mayo and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork are already lined up to speak with reporters on Thursday after practice.

One question that is often asked from fans planning to attend is what conditions could move the practice inside and thus close it to the public. It is usually lightning, thunder or high winds that would lead to that decision. Otherwise, the Patriots usually practice outside. Those making plans are urged to call the training camp hotline at 508-549-0001 for the latest information.

As for Wednesday's news conferences, they will be much different than at this time last year, when it marked the first time Belichick addressed everything involving Aaron Hernandez.

We have our questions prepared and are ready to roll. More updates to come throughout the morning.