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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Rookie RB Vereen returns to practice

By Mike Rodak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie running back Shane Vereen, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained in just his second practice with the team in early August, returned to the practice field in full pads today.

Vereen, one of the team's second-round picks, adds a speed option to the team's running back corps.

In addition to Vereen, first-round pick Nate Solder was back on the field after missing Tuesday's session, while rookie tight end Lee Smith and safety Josh Barrett were also back. Barrett, a fourth-year player who the team claimed on waivers last year, adds more depth at safety, where the Patriots have been thin.

The Patriots also had a new player on the field, an unidentified offensive lineman donning jersey No. 66. The team should announce the transaction soon, with director of player personnel Nick Caserio saying earlier in the day it wasn't a veteran.

Otherwise, the list of players not spotted remained unchanged from Tuesday: