No Boston TE party for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tight ends Rob Gronkowski (three days) and Aaron Hernandez (two days) remained out of practice, as Patriots training camp continued Tuesday with a full-pads session that was heavy on situational work.

It is unknown what is keeping the players out of practice, but indications are that it is nothing serious. Gronkowski was on the field before the session in workout clothes. Veteran receiver Brandon Lloyd also missed his second straight day, as Bill Belichick and his staff monitors the overall health of the roster.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Logan Mankins was in full pads for the first time, but didn’t take part in team drills or the one-on-one sessions. Right guard Dan Connolly also had a reduced role (no one-on-ones).

In the always-popular bucket drill, in which a barrel is placed in the end zone and quarterbacks drop back from the 20-yard line, rookie Ryan Mallett was the first signal-caller to deposit a football. He gave a Tiger Woods-like fist pump in celebration.

Reserve safety James Ihedigbo returned to practice after missing the last two sessions, as did reserve defensive back Malcolm Williams, although Williams watched the final portion of practice from the sideline after removing his jersey.

More observations to come.