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OTA notes: Dennard leaves with injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was carted off the field toward the end of Tuesday's organized team activity at Gillette Stadium.

Dennard went down during 11-on-11 drills. He appeared to be clutching his left arm/shoulder and received immediate attention from head trainer Jim Whalen.

Dennard's injury was the most newsworthy item from Tuesday's session, in which the Patriots' offense devoted time to its three-receiver package, providing a feel for how the coaching staff views its personnel at receiver at this time.

Veteran Michael Jenkins and third-year player Kamar Aiken worked on the outside, with Danny Amendola in the slot. While the Patriots likely hope that second-round pick Aaron Dobson ultimately emerges on the outside, the practice was a reminder that he is still playing catch-up to more experienced players.

In 7-on-7 drills, Jenkins couldn't corral a Tom Brady pass and it was intercepted by safety Steve Gregory. That play seemed to be a reflection of what we have seen overall in these OTAs -- the passing offense remains a work in progress and the defense is a step ahead. Dobson later had a drop as well.

Elsewhere, tight end Jake Ballard (left foot/ankle) didn't finish practice after going down on an incompletion in the corner of the end zone. It didn't appear overly serious.

Also, running back Stevan Ridley grabbed for the area of his right hamstring after a catch in 7-on-7 drills and didn't finish practice. Similar to Ballard, it didn't seem like anything too serious.

One lesser-known player to catch the eye was rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld. While most of the club was on one field for special-teams work, Sudfeld and Ballard worked with Brady on the opposite field. Sudfeld seemed to seize the opportunity for more work, with top tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez not cleared for full participation, and later Ballard going down.

On defense, there were two more pass breakups for third-year cornerback Ras-I Dowling, who has shown up multiple times this spring.

Players not spotted included linebacker Brandon Spikes, Gronkowski, receiver Julian Edelman, center/guard Nick McDonald and cornerback Stephon Morris.

Those limited in their participation included Hernandez, rookie receivers Josh Boyce and Mark Harrison, offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer and Dan Connolly, and safeties Devin McCourty, Nate Ebner and Duron Harmon.

More to come...