Tom Brady adjusts the knee brace he was wearing on Thursday's practice. He has worn the brace on and off ever since tearing his ACL in 2008.
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Tom Brady spends some free time after Thursday's practice with his sons John (right) and Benjamin (left).
Tim Tebow signs autographs for 16-year-old twins Brittany, left, and Katelyn Hogan, from Raynham after practice on Thursday.
Tom Brady adjusts the knee brace he was wearing on Thursday's practice. He has worn the brace on and off ever since tearing his ACL in 2008.
Tom Brady looked sharp on Thursday, showing no signs of ill effect from the apparent knee injury he suffered during training camp on Wednesday.
Rob Gronkowski talks with Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett during practice Thursday. Gronkowski is still recovering from multiple surgeries during the offseason and his status for Week 1 of the regular season is unknown.
A sigh of relief came over New England fans Thursday afternoon, when Tom Brady returned to practice appearing at full strength following an injury scare during practice on Wednesday.
Nate Solder spoke with reporters after practice on Wednesday. Solder had been blocking Brady on the play he was hurt, and video of the incident seemed to show Tampa Bay's Adrian Clayborn had pushed Solder back into Brady as the play was collapsing.
Patriots Nation held its collective breath Wednesday after it appeared Tom Brady had suffered a serious knee injury in a scrimmige agaisnt Tampa Bay during training camp. It was the same knee that Brady had torn his ACL in Week 1 of 2008 against the Chiefs, causing him to miss the rest of the season.
The Patriots defensive backs get back to work on Monday, hoping to tighten up some of the downfield holes that were left open for Michael Vick and the Eagles' offense on Friday night.
Wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins (#85) and Josh Boyce (#82) chat during practice Monday. The two saw their first action in Patriots uniforms on Friday against the Eagles.
Tight ends Zach Sudfeld (#44), Michale Hoomanawanui (#47) and Danile Fells (#86) take a breather during Monday's practice alongside injured tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for joint practices prior to their preseason matchup on Aug. 16 in Foxborough.
The Patriots returned to the practice fields at Gillette Stadium Monday afternoon after taking two days off to rest and recuperate following Friday's 31-22 preseason win over the Eagles.
Tom Brady and Michael Vick chatted on the field Thursday before the Patriots and Eagles met Friday eveing for their preseason opener.
Bill Belichick walks onto the field at Thursdays practice, as the Patriots get ready for their first game action of the preseason against the Eagles on Friday night.
Danny Amendola catches a pass during Thursday's practice. Amendola is looking to fill a huge hole in the Patriots receiving corps left by Wes Welker.
Tom Brady leads the Patriots during a light practice the day before the first preseason game against the Eagles.
Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick hands the ball off to Chris Polk, as Jason Kelce defends during a joint workout with the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Globe staff writer Ben Volin said Tom Brady was surgical Wednesday, carving up the secondary in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills with incredible accuracy, and his receivers were borderline dominant against cornerbacks Brandon Boykin, Nate Allen, Curtis Marsh, and others. It marked the second day of joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had a sidearm throw to DeSean Jackson on a middle crossing route with Aqib Talib in coverage, slinging the ball just under the outstretched arms of a defensive lineman.
Tim Tebow again took a bit of a back seat on Wednesday, but he completed a screen pass and scrambled out of the pocket on one play, and would’ve had another completion on a curl-out, but it was dropped.
Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett had a low back-shoulder throw for a first down in 11-on-11 drills, but threw too hot on a short crossing pass over the middle.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has begun to take a backseat in practice while cornerback Aqib Talib bounced back from a shaky Tuesday practice.
New England Patriots wide receiver Kamar Aiken, left, pulled in a pass as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin defended during NFL football training camp, Tuesday in Philadelphia. It was the first joint practice between the Patriots and the Eagles.
Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) passed to wide receiver Quentin Sims (84) as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) looked to defend.
New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson, right, pulled in a pass with Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Eddie Whitley shadowing him.
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola caught a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone during a joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Riley Cooper, left, and Damaris Johnson talk during the team's joint practice with the Patriots. It was Cooper's first day back at practice with the Eagles after taking time to attend counseling following the distribution of a video in which he used a racial slur.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly walks the field during a joint pracitce with the Patriots.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in action during a joint workout with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday. He had a solid outing against the Eagles, according to reports.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught a pass during a joint workout with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday.
Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick took in the scene as his team prepared to take part in a joint practice with the New England Patriots during training camp Tuesday.
The Patriots held their seventh practice session of training camp on Friday, and coach Bill Belichick was keeping a close eye on the competition for starting spots on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Justin Francis is trying to secure a roster spot at one of the most crowded positions – defensive lineman.
Wide receiver Julian Edleman returned to practice Thursday, his first since coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list. Edelman played just nine games in 2012 and missed the remained of the season following a broken foot he suffered Week 13 against Miami.
Tom Brady fires a pass under the watch of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at Patriots training camp Thursday afternoon.
Julian Edelman takes a breather after practice Thursday with fellow receiver Micahel Jenkins. Edelman practiced for the first time since being taken off the PUP list Wednesday.
Bill Belichick keeps an eye on the action from the sideline Thursday afternoon. The Patriots 2013 training camp is officially one week old.
Patriots receviers get in a warm up jog before Thursday's training camp practice at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots play their first preseason game next week against Philadelphia.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins moved between drills in the Patriots' third consecutive practice in full pads Tuesday in Foxborough. Thompkins could very well be one of Brady's top receivers in 2013.
Tom Brady sneaks in a laugh but it wasn't all chuckles for running back Stevan Ridley. Ridley got into a small shoving match with cornerback Kyle Arrington as practice ended Tuesday. He said afterward "it's just camp, man."
Tight end Rob Gronkowski signed autographs for fans on Tuesday. He was seen at practice chatting with head coach Bill Belichick. The all-pro is still rehabbing after back surgery.
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) still sported the red jersey—meaning hands off—in the team's third consecutive practice in full pads Tuesday.
Tim Tebow, second from right, made himself useful in more than a few ways during Patriots training camp practice on Tuesday again.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels called a play during the team's 11-on-11 drills Tuesday.
Wide receiver Quentin Sims (No. 84) made a stellar catch down the sidelines during practice Tuesday. He's fighting for a spot on the Patriots' roster.
Veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins showed how likes to catch passes without gloves Tuesday. He has also shown flashes of top-tier speed during practices.
Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears, left, talked with running back LeGarrette Blount Tuesday during practice. Blount is competing for a spot on this team.
New England Patriots kicker Steve Gostkowski kisseed his infant son, Gannon, after practice on Tuesday.
Tom Brady and Tim Tebow take reps at quaterback at practice Monday night, Brady trying to help Tebow figure out the position after a lackluster start to training camp for Tebow.
Tom Brady hands off to running back George Winn during Monday night's practice under the lights at Gillette Stadium.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels coaches Tim Tebow during practice Monday night following the Patriots Hall of Fame inductions.
Injured tight end Rob Gronkowski made an appearance during Patriots practice Monday evening, seen here with quaterback Ryan Mallett and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Defensive end Chandler Jones shows his hand work with rookie teammate Jamie Collins during Monday's practice under the lights.
Tom Brady gets abck to work under the lights on Day 4 of training camp Monday evening
Tedy Bruschi shares a laugh with team owner Robert Kraft, who gave the introduction speech and presented Bruschi with his Patriots Hall of Fame jacket.
Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was congratulated by fans as he walked the red carpet in Foxborough, where he and broadcaster Gil Santos were inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame on Monday.
Former New England Patriots broadcaster Gil Santosspent more than 30 years calling the Patriots' games on the radio.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels helped conduct Monday's special practice inside Gillete Stadium. The event was only for season ticket holders.
Day 3 of Patriots training camp was another up-and-down day for Tim Tebow throwing the ball, according to Globe NFL writer Ben Volin. While a deep ball to Kenbrell Thompkins was nice, Tebow again struggled to pull the trigger in the pocket.
Cornerback Kyle Arrington (left) intercepted Tom Brady on a deep pass and has looked strong playing both the outside and slot cornerback.
Wide receiver Josh Boyce made an over-the-shoulder catch on a fade pass from Tom Brady during Day 3 of practice.
On Day 3 of training camp Globe writer Ben Volin said Aqib Talib made a beautiful one-handed deflection of a deep fade pass intended for Matthew Slater.
It’s been a strong few days of practice for rookie wide receiver Kamar Aiken, according to Going Depp blogger Erik Frenz. Aiken made a couple of impressive catches in the first two practices, including a leaping catch over cornerback Logan Ryan on the sideline. His impressive performance continued, and he showed an impressive release off the line of scrimmage in press coverage drills.
Chandler Jones forced a fumble of Stevan Ridley on Day 3, with a little help from Vince Wilfork. Jones continues to move around the defense as they run multiple looks out of three- and four-man lines. His added strength from the offseason is noticeable, said Erik Frenz.
Running back Stevan Ridley had two fumbles on Sunday, including one on the goal line toward the end of practice. Ball security has been an issue for Ridley in the past, and today’s practice was not a step in the right direction.
On Day 2 of training camp, Tom Brady handed off to running back Stevan Ridley. Elsewhere in practice, Globe NFL writer Ben Volin wrote that Brady, ever the perfectionist, emitted a primal scream after overthrowing a wide-open Matthew Slater on a deep pass.
In one drill, two of Tim Tebow’s three passes were swatted down by the racquets used at the line of scrimmage. He also threw a deep ball to Lavelle Hawkins deep down the left sideline.
Danny Amendola made a catch during Day 2 of practice. He also took punt returns.
Tight end Daniel Fells left and Zach Sudfeld practiced. Fells later a fingertip grab on a square-in pass over the middle from Tom Brady.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard signed autographs. Still in the starting lineup despite recent DUI arrest, and made several impressive plays, on Day 2, including an interception of Ryan Mallett on a deep ball.
Tom Brady ran a drill followed by fellow quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow on Day 2.
Tom Brady and the Patriots opened up training camp on Friday morning and held an outdoor practice despite a steady rain.
Thousands of fans braved steady rain and chilly temperatures to watch Day 1 of training camp.
Quarterback Tom Brady spent time after the practice signing autographs.
Receiver Danny Amendola was signed to replace Wes Welker, who left to join the Broncos.
One of the best features of training camp for many young fans is the opportunity to get a player's autograph.
Backup quarterback Tim Tebow was 6-for-10 in 11-on-11 passing drills in the first practice, but also threw two interceptions.
"We'll go out there and start evaluating our team and players and see how it comes together," coach Bill Belichick said before the Patriots' first practice in their 2013 training camp.
Quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots through a drill during the first day of training camp at Gillette Stadium on Friday.
Coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots would use quarterback Tim Tebow wherever he can help the team. He was seen catching passes on the first day of practice.
Defensive back Devin McCourty was a team captain last season.
Receiver Aaron Dobson was acquired in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Marshall.
A day before the Patriots held their first practice of training camp, quarterback Tom Brady and other players who were captains of the team last season spoke with the media, with the discussion largely centered around the arrest of former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on a murder charge.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also addressed the Hernandez issue in a news conference two days prior to the team's first practices of the summer.
“One thing we’ll try to do is keep everything separate,’’ defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said about the off-field issues the Patriots have. “We’ll try to control what we can control and that’s playing football and getting better each day. So that’s my main focus; to try and do that. It’s started and now it’s here.’’
Patriots safety Devin McCourty called Hernandez's arrest shocking. “It’s a very sad story," he said.
Quarterback Tom Brady did not want to say how he felt when he heard the news about Aaron Hernandez's arrest.