Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Patriots not expected to participate
By Mike Rodak
With the Patriots set to hold their second practice of organized team activities, reporters will have their first chance to take in one of the sessions on Tuesday.
Although the 90-man roster is at full capacity, there are several players who are either not expected to participate in the voluntary workouts, or whose status is unclear at this point.
Here's a rundown:
WR Josh Boyce-- The 2013 fourth-round pick did not participate in rookie minicamp, still recovering from a broken foot. His status for OTAs seems unlikely to change.
WR Julian Edelman-- The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that Edelman was in a walking boot. Sources confirmed that Edelman suffered a setback in his recovery from a foot injury that ended his 2012 season.
TE Rob Gronkowski-- The fourth-year tight end underwent a much-publicized fourth surgery on his broken left forearm on Monday, and it would be a shocker to see him on the field until training camp, at the earliest.
TE Aaron Hernandez-- After undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this offseason, Hernandez is expected to miss OTAs and June's mandatory minicamp.
G Dan Connolly-- Connolly had shoulder surgery shortly after the season ended, and his status for OTAs would seem to be in question.
OT Sebastian Vollmer-- Vollmer underwent knee surgery before he hit the free-agent market. The Patriots re-signed him in March, but it's not known where he stands in his rehab.
LB Brandon Spikes-- Entering the final season of his rookie contract, Spikes was not present for the start of OTAs on Monday.
S/CB Devin McCourty-- After offseason shoulder surgery, McCourty's status for OTAs would seem to be in question.
One last name to watch: TE Jake Ballard. He last played against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, when he tore his ACL. He could return to the field this week, more than 15 months after the injury. With Gronkowski and Hernandez expected to be out, it would be a boost to a tight end position affected by injuries for a second straight offseason.