FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots are practicing on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium today as they continue preparations for the season-opener on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.
The team was breaking in the throwback "Pat Patriot" helmets and game pants with the offense wearing red practice jerseys with no numbers and the defense wearing white jerseys.
That's an indication that coach Bill Belichick views no bit of preparation or simulation as too insignificant, as in practice he tried to duplicate the look that Patriots' offensive players will see on Monday night as both teams wear throwbacks as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary season of the AFL.
Among the players not spotted during the media portion of practice which included stretching, positional drills and special teams work were:
S Matthew Slater (left arm)
WR Julian Edelman
CB Terrence Wheatley
OL Rich Ohrnberger
OL Dan Connolly
TE Chris Baker
DL Myron Pryor