Patriots place six on active/PUP to start camp

A league source confirms that the Patriots have placed six veteran players on their active/physically unable to perform list to start training camp:

TE Jake Ballard
TE Daniel Fells
G Logan Mankins
DL Myron Pryor
LB Brandon Spikes
OT Sebastian Vollmer

Each was dealing with an injury/surgical recovery during the offseason – Mankins and Ballard (then as a member of the Giants) each tore an ACL in Super Bowl XLVI; Spikes underwent knee surgery after the Super Bowl; Vollmer underwent a small back procedure; Pryor had shoulder surgery last year, and Fells is reportedly nursing a leg injury.

They join rookie Jeremy Ebert, who was placed on active/PUP by the team last week.

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Players on active/PUP can be removed at any time, though they do count against the 90-man roster.

Rob Gronkowski, who underwent ankle surgery after the Super Bowl, is not on the current list, which can only be taken as a positive – the Patriots must believe that he is good to go.