Training Camp Daily Briefing: Wednesday, July 31

The Patriots are taking the day off after holding five straight days of practice, and by all accounts, the team could use it. Little injuries are starting to pop up — rookie WR Aaron Dobson missed Tuesday’s practice with a right leg injury, but a source said he simply took a cleat to the ankle and is expected to return to Thursday’s practice — and tempers started to flare on Tuesday, with Stevan Ridley and Kyle Arrington getting in a little dust-up at the end of practice. Wednesday is about positional meetings, film study and rehab with the trainers and therapists.

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With that, here’s today’s Patriots Daily Briefing:

TODAY’S GLOBE COVERAGE

Shalise Manza Young: WR Matthew Slater is the Godfather of Patriots special teams

Michael Vega and Young: Patriots Notebook: Tempers flare at practice; Aaron Dobson OK; notes on Ryan Wendell, running back group

Ben Volin: Tuesday’s practice report

Chad Finn: Patriots make format changes, new broadcast team for preseason games official

WHAT’S ON TAP

Today

Off

Thursday

2 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference

2:20-4:30 p.m.: Practice (open to public)

4:30 p.m.: Player interviews

Down the Road…

Friday: Practice 2:20 p.m. (open to public)

Saturday: Practice 9 a.m. (open to public)

Sunday: TBD

Monday: TBD

Tuesday-Wednesday: Joint practices with Eagles in Philadelphia

KEY INJURIES/ROSTER MOVES

Not practicing Tuesday:

WR Aaron Dobson (leg bruise, should be back Thursday)

G Dan Connolly (shoulder)

DL Cory Grissom (undisclosed)

Not cleared to practice yet:

TE Rob Gronkowski (Physically Unable to Perform)

WR Julian Edelman (Physically Unable to Perform)

WR Mark Harrison (Physically Unable to Perform)

G Nick McDonald (Physically Unable to Perform)

DE Armond Armstead (Non-Football Illness)

AROUND THE NFL

Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones could be returning punts this year

Plans to build a new stadium for the Falcons have hit a bit of a snag

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Chargers counting on Danny Woodhead to fill the “Darren Sproles” role

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin, who needs hip surgery, has a significant injury history

The Colts have a West Point grad in camp

QB Kevin Kolb is struggling in Bills camp (can you say “EJ Manuel Time?”)