FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots continued mandatory minicamp on Tuesday with largely the same group of core players absent from practice and continuing rehab.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee), and defensive lineman Armond Armstead were all missing from the team’s practice. Also missing for the first time was rookie wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser.
Two players returned to the practice after missing on Tuesday: Cornerback Malcolm Butler and linebacker Darius Fleming.
A number of players took part in warmups before departing to the team’s Dana-Farber Field House for rehab work: Tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterback Ryan Mallett, wide receiver Matthew Slater, defensive back Justin Green, tight end D.J. Williams, linebacker Deontae Skinner, and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon.
New Patriots defensive lineman Seali’i Epenesa was present for practice and drills, wearing the No. 65.