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Dennard injured during Patriots OTAs; seven missing

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  June 4, 2013 01:11 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots continued their organized team activities at a sunny Gillette Stadium Tuesday, with seven players missing from the voluntary practice and another failing to finish after what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was carted off the field after injuring his shoulder in the final 15 minutes of practice.

Dennard wasn't the only Patriot to get nicked up in practice, though. Stevan Ridley pulled up grabbing his right hamstring during 7-on-7 drills. He sat out the rest of the practice after getting it stretched out. And tight end Jake Ballard had to have his left ankle looked at mid practice.

Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back), Brandon Spikes, Julian Edelman (leg), Nick McDonald (unknown), Brandon Bolden (ankle), Stephon Morris (unknown) and Joe Vellano (unknown) were not spotted during practice.

A number of players, including Sebastian Vollmer, Dan Connolly, Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Josh Boyce, and Nate Ebner were limited in their participation.

Among the highlights, Steve Gregory picked off a Tom Brady pass intended for Michael Jenkins after it was tipped. And Zach Sudfeld had a nice catch with Jerod Mayo in coverage.

After impressing during the first two rounds of OTAs open for observation, Aaron Dobson had a pretty bad drop in 11-on-11 drills that got him booted out of the huddle. Michael Hoomanawanui had a pass he stretched out for go off his hands. And LeGarrette Blount dropped an easy pass that hit him in the hands.

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