FOXBOROUGH – The Patriots are in shells and shorts/sweats for their first full practice of the week, and colleague Michael Whitmer reports three players were not present.
Running back Stevan Ridley, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and special teamer Matthew Slater were not spotted during the media-access window.
It is not a surprise that Wilfork (Achilles' surgery on Tuesday) and Slater (broken left wrist) were not present, however Ridley's absence is unexpected. We will get an idea as to what's going on with Ridley when the Patriots release their injury report later in the day.
Receiver Aaron Dobson, who was hit awkwardly in the end zone against the Falcons, is present and was wearing a black jersey as one of the team's practice players of the week.