Brady-Lloyd duo highlights practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A long-bomb touchdown connection from quarterback Tom Brady to receiver Brandon Lloyd highlighted the Patriots’ fourth practice of training camp, as Lloyd continues to impress through the first four days of work.

Lloyd pointed toward Brady on his way back to the huddle after the 45-yard strike, the crowd cheering in approval. Defensive backs Steve Gregory and Devin McCourty were closest to the play.

Later in practice, Brady and Lloyd hooked up for another TD connection in the back of the end zone, with cornerback Kyle Arrington in coverage.

While Brady and Lloyd were finding their groove, tight end Rob Gronkowski had two notable plays he’d like to have back -- a Brady pass that sailed through his hands that was intercepted by safety Patrick Chung and a drop in the end zone during goal-line drills.

For the second day in a row, the Patriots wore full pads, and the physical nature of the practice led to some injuries.

Defensive end Rob Ninkovich, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and offensive lineman Jamey Richard did not finish practice.

Ninkovich stayed on the practice field throughout, but did not take part in one-on-one or team drills. Shiancoe was seen sitting with a towel over his right leg and Richard walked off with Dr. Thomas Gill after having his helmet taken from him, a sign that he might have sustained a concussion.

With Ninkovich sidelined, first-round draft choice Chandler Jones got a chance for extended work at right defensive end. Jones also has been fun to watch in one-on-one drills. In one matchup with first-year offensive tackle Kyle Hix, Jones powered under Hix to register a “sack.” But on another against starting left tackle Nate Solder, Jones was pushed wide to the outside, and clapped his hands in frustration afterward.

Elsewhere on the injury front, rookie free agent Justin Francis, who was carted off the field Saturday, was back at practice. A source said he had cramps Saturday.

Rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard remained out for the second straight day (hamstring injury Friday) and linebacker Tracy White, who didn’t finish Saturday’s practice, was absent today.

More observations to come.