BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots released their first practice report of the 2011 season on Thursday, as they get ready for their season opener against the Dolphins in Miami.
Offensive Lineman Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not to participate in Thursday’s practice. He missed his second straight day of practice with a back injury. He also missed the Patriots final preseason game against the Giants last week.
If Vollmer cannot go on Monday, that would likely mean the Patriots 2011 first round draft pick, rookie Nate Solder would step in in his place.
Cornerback Leigh Bodden and Julien Edelman were both full participants in practice, but are listed with hand injuries.
10 players were listed with “limited” participated. Defensive end Mark Anderson (knee), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hip), offensive linemen Dan Connelly (foot) and Ryan Wendell (calf), linebackers Jermaine Cunningham (groin), Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Jeff Tarpinian (knee), running backs Stevan Ridley (ankle) and Shane Vereen (hamstring), and wide out Taylor Price (hamstring) were all listed as limited on Thursday.
One surprise is who is not on the list. Quarterback Tom Brady isn’t listed as “limited” with a “shoulder injury” for the first time in years.
Tune in the to Patriots season opener at 7pm Monday night on 98.5 The Sports Hub with pregame coverage beginning at 4pm. After the game, tune in to the Postgame show on 98.5, and to Patriots Fifth Quarter on TV38.