New England is once again practicing inside Gillette Stadium, and once again only one player was missing: RT Sebastian Vollmer.
At the moment, the Patriots have just three tackles on the active roster – Vollmer, Matt Light and rookie Nate Solder – and the chances are increasing that Solder could be getting his first NFL start in his first NFL regular-season game on Monday night.
Also, the Pats were once again in full pads. At the moment, it is unclear if there is some sort of loophole to the new practice-in-pads rule. We’re looking into it. Perhaps yesterday wasn’t an “official” practice because the Patriots didn’t submit an injury report, but that is speculation at the moment.
We’ll update when we get a concrete answer.
UPDATE: Reader Jason pointed us to this post on ProFootballTalk.com which outlines the rules of the rule drastically reducing the number of padded practices teams can now hold:
During the 17-week regular season, teams will have a maximum of only 14 padded practices.
More specifically, teams can have 11 padded practices during the first 11 weeks of the season, with two padded practices permitted in a given week only once. Then, for the final six weeks of the season, a total of three padded practices may be conducted.
Also, teams will be permitted to have one practice in pads per week during the postseason.
So this is the one week the Pats will be in full pads on two days.