It hardly seems possible that someone as large as New England Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth could disappear. But no one has seen or heard from him for three days. Monday marked the third straight practice he has missed as widely reported, and it would be hard to believe that he'll be around for Thursday night's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Patriots, as is their habit when confronted with these situations, are operating under the cone of silence where never is heard a discouraging word, or any word for that matter.
Sources said tight end Rob Gronkowski left the field under his own power, but accompanied by two members of the training staff halfway through the rain-soaked workout. Of course, there was no official word from the team concerning Gronkowski's health, but considering the temperature and high humidity, heat exhaustion is the suspected villain.
Offensive lineman Dan Connolly reportedly suffered an injury to his right elbow while fellow lineman Chris Morris injured his left ankle. Both left practice as well.
Also not appearing on the practice field were linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive lineman Mike Wright, center/guard Ryan Wendell and running back Eric Kettani. The T-shirt and shorts rehab squad had a camp-high 12 members led by running backs Kevin Faulk and Shane Vereen; wide receiver Brandon Tate; Offensive linemen Matt Light and Marcus Cannon; defensive linemen Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick; linebacker/safety Josh Bennett; cornerback Ras-I Dowling and safeties James Sanders and Ross Ventrone.
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