FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots are holding their afternoon practice on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium (11:55 a.m.) and colleague Christopher L. Gasper reports that the team's defensive line received a boost with the return of reserve Le Kevin Smith.
Smith, now in his third season and with 16 career regular-season games on his resume (no starts), has been sidelined for much of the preseason with a knee injury.
Media members were present for stretching, special teams work, and positional drills. In the positional drills, QB Tom Brady was seen working on his 3-step and 5-step drops.
Players not spotted during the media-access portion of the shorts-and-shells practice (light shoulder pads) included: