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Recovering Patriots TE Scott Chandler happy to rejoin team at practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There has been a lot happening around the New England Patriots over the last two days -- from roster additions and subtractions to players returning from injury.

Count tight end Scott Chandler in the latter category.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Chandler practiced throughout the spring, and his work with fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski (6-6, 265) and Tom Brady in the red zone was hard to miss. That continued through the first weekend of training camp before Chandler was sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

He returned for the first time Tuesday.

"Just trying to get through this training camp grind, taking it a day at a time; get back out there and try to get back in the swing of things," Chandler said.

Asked how much his medical setback thwarted any momentum he had generated, Chandler said, "I don't know. We'll see. There are a lot of days ahead of us, and we have to go out there and take it one rep at a time and one day at a time."

Chandler said he took mental repetitions during his recovery. As for what he's noticed about working so closely with Gronkowski that maybe he didn't know before, he said, "You don't get to see the kind of work that guys put in day-in and day-out. That's kind of the whole scheme here, guys come to work every day and Rob's no exception."

A few other notes from Wednesday:

  • The club waived undrafted rookie cornerback Jimmy Jean (Alabama-Birmingham).

  • Bill Belichick on linebacker Jamie Collins: "I think definitely Jamie has got good leadership, good work ethic, and he’s really a part of everything we do defensively. He’s such a versatile player. He’s in on every different package that we have; every personnel group. He’s a versatile player and a smart player, but I think like all of us, it’s about consistency. It’s that time of year we all need to work on that. Skill-wise, really good and he does a lot of things well."

  • Belichick on slow starts in preseason games: "We weren’t very good on either side of the ball or in the kicking game. Bad coaching, bad playing -- put it all down. It wasn’t very good."