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Patriots could practice with Saints

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  June 13, 2012 08:10 PM

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The Patriots are among four or five teams that the Saints are speaking with about joint practices during training camp, according to a league source.

The practices would likely come before or after the team's Aug. 9 opening exhibition game at Gillette Stadium.

It gives both teams a chance to measure up against someone else after knocking heads against their teammates for the first two-plus weeks of training camp. Joint practices are something the Patriots have embraced in the past -- the Saints and Patriots practiced together in 2010 -- but couldn't make happen last year because of the lockout.

If the sessions come to fruition, they'll likely garner a lot of media attention considering both teams have tangled with the league in recent years. The Patriots for filming of signals (2007) and the Saints for this year's bounty scandal.

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