FOXBORO -- Tom Brady will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second preseason game of the year, according to a tweet from the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. 

In the second preseason game, things get a little more exciting, as starters usually play for nearly a half, while with the first series of cuts looming in just over a week (rosters must be down to 80 by Aug. 27), the snaps become so much more important for the guys on the roster bubble.



Both right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and tight end Daniel Fells are close to coming off the physically unable to perform list, according to a report from Comcast Sports Net. Vollmer has dealt with injury issues for much of the last year, including a back problem, while Fells reportedly re-aggravated a knee injury he suffered last season while with Denver. Both were sidelined throughout the spring and summer practice sessions.

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FOXBORO -- The Patriots confirmed the signing of Olympic sprinter and former Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps on Friday evening. Demps is expected to join the team next week in Tampa as the team practices twice before it's game against the Buccaneers next Friday.

Demps, who was not drafted in April, stands 5-foot-7, 175 pounds and captured a silver medal for being part of the United States' 4x100-meter relay team at the London Olympics. He did not participate in the final race but contribued during preliminary heats.

FOXBORO -- On the final day of official training camp, the Patriots practiced in sweats and shells, ending camp when rookie Chandler Jones caught a punt in the back of the end zone. He proceeded to do a dance and get mobbed by his teammates. As a result, the team was given the night off from group meetings and are expected to have Saturday off before a Sunday walk-through in advance of Monday's preseason game against the Eagles at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO -- During his Friday press conference, Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio would not confirm reports that Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps has a deal in place to join the Patriots. 

FOXBORO -- While there’s always a bit of an edge at training camp -- the constant heat, humidity and crashing into the same guys over and over again would leave even the Dalai Lama short-tempered -- this summer, there’s been plenty of fight in these Patriots.



FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez, Stevan Ridley and rookie Tavon Wilson all suffered what appeared to be leg injuries during Thursday's fourth straight day in full pads practice. 

Hernandez twice came up gimpy following pass routes, including a slant toward the end zone during 7-on-7 drills. Hernandez flexed his knee several times and stayed in practice. 

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman and Niko Koutouvides were kicked out of practice about an hour early on Thursday when the two engaged in a shoving and shouting match after a punt return. 

Edelman ran up and fielded a punt and did a jump-cut into a gap and ran into Koutouvides. The two exchanged words and shoved each other. Coach Bill Belichick stepped in and immediately tossed both from practice. 

FOXBORO -- If there’s any team that can handle a crowded receivers’ meeting room, it’s the Patriots.