FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At the end of every day of training camp, ESPNBoston.com will post one blog entry highlighting the key news of the day:
Another step for Welker. For the first time since he was activated off the physically unable to perform list, Wes Welker took part in full-team drills in a full-pads practice. He absorbed two hits from linebacker Jerod Mayo -- his first contact of training camp -- but popped right back to his feet. This further strengthens the possibility that Welker will be on the field for the season opener Sept. 12 against the Bengals.
Fired-up Brady. Tom Brady was as fiery as ever in the morning practice, imploring his teammates to raise their level of play after a sloppy performance in the two-minute drill. The quarterback was not happy with a penalty, and later, a fourth-and-1 stop close to the goal line.
Bodden hobbles off. Leigh Bodden, the starting right cornerback who led the team with 17 passes defended last season, limped off the practice field in the morning and was not present for the afternoon session. His injury status will be important to monitor. Reserve offensive lineman Mark LeVoir also missed the afternoon session after practicing in the morning. Meanwhile, left guard Nick Kaczur and defensive ends Ty Warren and Mike Wright remained out of practice. Second-year defensive lineman Ron Brace, who has yet to pass a physical, remains on the non-football injury list. The Boston Herald reported that he did not pass his conditioning test at the start of camp.
Due diligence on Schobel. The Patriots are short one pass rusher with Derrick Burgess not reporting for camp. With Aaron Schobel hitting the market, director of player personnel Nick Caserio said the team will do its due diligence on Schobel, as it does on every available player. Caserio did not expound on the team's possible level of interest in Schobel.
Weather forces team indoors for first time. For the first time in 15 training camp practices, the Patriots moved indoors for the afternoon session. The practice, which was held in shorts and light shoulder pads, actually started outside. But as the skies darkened after about 40 minutes, the players scurried inside the Dana-Farber Field House.