Fairbanks in house
FOXBOROUGH -- Former Patriots coach Chuck Fairbanks was present at today's practice inside the Dana-Farber Field House. Fairbanks is in town for a Gridiron Club dinner and he stood with Patriots owner Robert Kraft as the team stretched.
After the stretching, the team was called up to midfield and Fairbanks walked toward the group with Kraft and former Patriots punter/quarterback Tom Yewcic (1961-66). Fairbanks appeared to be addressing the players for about five minutes and at one point, the group was laughing and clapping.
That seemed to set an energetic tone to practice, as players sprinted to their individual positional drills. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was seen speaking with Fairbanks and Kraft as the practice progressed.
Fairbanks was head coach of the Patriots from 1973-1978.
As for the practice itself, players were in shorts and shells. For the second day in a row, S Mel Mitchell (groin) and OL Wesley Britt (personal) were not present for the media-access portion of the workout.
RB Laurence Maroney looked to be moving well as he made his way through passing drills, but whether that's good enough to play Sunday remains to be seen.