FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With Wednesday's attention focused on New York and quarterback Tom Brady's settlement hearing in U.S. District Court with Judge Richard M. Berman, there are a few loose ends to tie up from the team's rainy Tuesday's practice.
Following up on LeGarrette Blount's recovery. When the powerful running back was carted off the field last Friday, it was easy for the team to fear the worst. Blount lay prone on the ground for an extended period before being carted off, with Bill Belichick coming over to check on him. The Boston Globe first reported that Blount had a sprained MCL and hoped to be ready for the regular season, and on Tuesday, Blount's presence at the start of practice indicated that is a realistic possibility. That was a quicker return than anticipated, and a reminder (similar to receiver Brian Tyms a day before) that just because a cart transports a player back to the locker room, it's not always a nightmare scenario for a team.
Have to keep an eye on left tackle Nate Solder. After walking off the field in the middle of practice Monday without an athletic trainer -- raising a question of whether his departure was injury-related -- Solder wasn't on the field Tuesday. His status bears watching, as the Patriots have had a run of injuries along the offensive line that has second-year lineman Chris Barker as the top left tackle.
Rookie Darryl Roberts showing up on the corner. The seventh-round draft choice out of Marshall continues to display good ball skills, as he broke up multiple passes in the rain-soaked session. Part of that might have been tied to the quarterbacks struggling a bit with inaccurate passes, but Roberts' coverage, ability to mirror receivers, and make plays on the ball still deserves credit. When I see a player show up like this, the next thing I like to do is watch him on special teams to see where he could contribute in that area, because it could be a key to earning a roster spot. That's something on my list of things to watch in the preseason opener Thursday.
Tavon Wilson's strong camp continues. Some erratic throws by quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Lindley, coupled with several drops of wet footballs slipping through the hands of pass-catchers, produced multiple opportunities for defenders to make plays. Safety Tavon Wilson had two interceptions in the practice, as his early status in camp as a momentum-builder has continued.
Players on non-football injury list: G Caylin Hauptmann