The Patriots began practice under a rain shower, and today there were six players not spotted during the media-access window:
Patrick Chung, Sebastian Vollmer, Dan Gronkowski, Albert Haynesworth, Aaron Hernandez and Mike Wright were those not present.
Haynesworth and Gronkowski are new absences, and we won’t know for sure what’s going on with them until the team releases the injury report in a couple of hours. Gronkowski has been listed as limited with a hamstring injury, and his being out today could mean that an already-thin tight end position thanks to Hernandez’s knee injury might take another hit on Sunday.
Haynesworth missed the Pats’ Sept. 10 practice due to injury but he did play against the Dolphins two days later.