FOXBOROUGH -- Following up with some more details from the media-access portion of the Patriots' early afternoon practice at Gillette Stadium:
Tom Brady gets some work in. At the time media members were present, Brady stretched, ran through a bag drill (zig-zagging between bags, and then keeping his feet moving over the bags while catching a series of footballs fired in his direction), and dropped back lightly while throwing to receivers and backs without a rush.
Matt Light, Jason Webster, Billy Yates and Stephen Spach make returns. The offensive line received a boost with the presence of starting left tackle Matt Light. He wasn't the only player returning to the practice field after missing time because of injury, as tight end Stephen Spach, cornerback Jason Webster and center/guard Billy Yates also returned.
A total of 13 players not present for media-access portion of practice. Counting the two players on the physically unable to perform list (guard Stephen Neal and offensive tackle Oliver Ross), the Patriots were without 13 players for the media-access portion of the workout. The players not present included starting wide receiver Wes Welker. The others: safety Brandon Meriweather, cornerback Mike Richardson, running back Kyle Eckel, center/guard Ryan Wendell, center/guard Dan Connolly, offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan, center/guard Russ Hochstein, tight end Benjamin Watson, receiver Sam Aiken and defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith.