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Injuries Dominate the Headlines from Tuesday’s OTAs

June 4th, 2013 at 9:22 PM
By Andrew Goldberg

'Ridley Hits the Hole' photo (c) 2012, Jack Newton - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Patriots have ended their second to last session of OTAs on Tuesday. As teams try and focus on technique and one-on-one drills, they also want to avoid any injury, big or small, that could hinder the progress of any of their players in getting ready for the upcoming season. However, according to both Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly and Zuri Berry of the Boston Globe, injuries were present to multiple players during Tuesday's session. 

One of the more significant injuries occurred at the end of practice as cornerback Alfonzo Dennard went down with an apparent injury to his left shoulder/arm before being helped by medical staff to his feet. He was then carted off the field to end his day. 

'Jake Ballard (85), Clay Matthews (52)' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The news got a little worse, especially for the Patriots tight end position, which already has seen the injury bug rear its ugly head with Rob Gronkowski. Jake Ballard, who is coming off an ACL injury, appeared to hurt his lower left leg/ankle after attempting to catch a pass. The good news was that he was able to walk off on his own power, but he did not return to action and ended up watching the rest of practice.

Finally, running back Steven Ridley came off the field with an apparent hamstring injury to his right leg. He was stretched out by the medical staff but also did not return.

Some good news from Patriots OTAs comes in the form of cornerback Devin McCourty. He, along with several other Patriots, are limited in OTAs, but he is getting better little-by-little. As Jackie Brittain reports, Devin McCourty talked with the media today and had this to say about his shoulder. "There is nothing you can do about it. Just have to come in and work with the weight room coaches and training staff and go from there," he said.

Hopefully for Pats fans the injuries are none too serious and we will see the players ready for either the team's mandatory mini-camp on June 11 or be healthy well in advance for the Patriots training camp which starts July 26. 

Tags: Devin McCourty, Football, jake ballard, New England, New England Patriots, NFL

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