“In all, I am very grateful to Mr. Modell for providing me my first opportunity to be an NFL coach.
“I learned many things through our personal interactions and have applied many of those lessons in my later years as a head coach.”
Said Kraft, also in a statement: “When I first entered the league, Art was quick to welcome me, and I always appreciated that. He leaves a lasting legacy for the many contributions he made to the National Football League.”
After a vote among players, the Patriots will have the same six captains as last season: Tom Brady, Mankins, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, and Matthew Slater. This is the 11th straight year Brady has been a captain. It’s the fifth consecutive season for Wilfork, third for Mayo, and second for Mankins, Slater, and McCourty.
First aid station
Not much change to the Patriots’ injury report after a practice in shorts and shells, although offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder), who did not practice Wednesday, was able to take part in a limited capacity. Running back Shane Vereen (foot) was the only one not on the field. Tight end Daniel Fells (shin), cornerback Sterling Moore (knee), and tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) were limited, while safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) again participated fully. Four Titans did not practice: defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee), tackle Mike Otto (finger/knee), defensive end Scott Solomon (knee), and guard Steve Hutchinson (non-injury-related).