Training Camp Daily Briefing: Thursday, Aug. 1

The Patriots will get back at it Thursday after a much-needed off day on Wednesday, hitting the fields at 2 p.m. for a practice in full pads. The Patriots will have a couple of new bodies — rookie DT Scott Vallone and WR Lavasier Tuinei, who both signed overnight to fill the roster spots vacated by WR Lavelle Hawkins, WR Perez Ashford and OL Nick McDonald. The Patriots still have one open roster spot available.

Rookie receiver Aaron Dobson, who sat out Tuesday after taking a cleat to the right leg on Monday, is also expected to return to practice.

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Now let’s get on with the Patriots Daily Briefing for Aug. 1:

TODAY’S GLOBE COVERAGE

Ben Volin: On Football: All rational logic points to Tim Tebow making the Patriots in 2013

WHAT’S ON TAP

Thursday

Foxborough Weather: High of 78, chance of rain 10-20 percent

2 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference

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

4:30 p.m.: Player interviews

Friday

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…

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

Sunday: TBD

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Joint practice with Eagles in Philadelphia

Wednesday: Joint practice with Eagles in Philadelphia

Thursday: Off

Friday: Preseason Game 1 at Eagles, 7:30 p.m.

KEY INJURIES/ROSTER MOVES

Roster Moves:

Released: WR Lavelle Hawkins, WR Perez Ashford, OL Nick McDonald (failed physical)

Signed: WR Lavasier Tuinei, DT Scott Vallone

Not practicing Tuesday:

WR Aaron Dobson (Right foot — should return to practice Thursday)

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)

DE Armond Armstead (Non-Football Illness)

AROUND THE NFL

49ers star LB Patrick Willis may have fractured a bone in his hand

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Eagles WR Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

The Colts are suffering a lot of nicks and bruises in camp

Redskins are gradually increasing Robert Griffin III’s practice reps

Bears WR Devin Hester isn’t happy that kick returners have been taken out of the Pro Bowl

The Lions have a player named “Kickalicious,” and he has been as good as advertised

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