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Burgess not present at Gillette for camp

Patriots outside linebacker Derrick Burgess is not present at Gillette Stadium for training camp, a league source confirms.

Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet wrote today on the questions surrounding Burgess, who did not take part in the team's first practice and has not been spotted by teammates at the facility.

Burgess, who signed a one-year contract with a maximum value of $1.65 million this offseason, figures to play a significant role at outside linebacker in the team's 3-4 alignment. With third-year outside linebacker Shawn Crable released on Wednesday, and Burgess not on the practice field, the Patriots are thin at the position.

Tully Banta-Cain and Rob Ninkovich were the outside linebackers with the top defense in this morning's practice.