FOXBOROUGH – The high winds and rain led to the Patriots moving Wednesday’s practice inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse for just the second time this season. Normally, coach Bill Belichick likes having his team practice in the elements, but the danger wind poses to video staff on lifts and the fact that the roof at Reliant Stadium will more than likely be closed this Sunday likely played into his role to move the proceedings indoors.
Colleague Michael Whitmer reports three players were not spotted – OL Marcus Cannon (ankle), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), and WR Aaron Dobson (unknown).
There was also a new player, No. 86, who could be TE D.J. Williams. The Patriots have not yet confirmed that they’ve signed Williams.
During the media-access window, the Patriots ran a ball-control drill, with assistants wearing padded sleeves trying to smack the ball out of players’ hands. RB Stevan Ridley was front and center during the drill.
Players were in shells and sweats.