Left tackle Matt Light has agreed to a two-year contract with the Patriots, according to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe. The 33-year-old Light, who was selected in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Patriots, has spent his entire 10-year career with New England, and has been a part of three Super Bowl champions.

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The Patriots announced Sunday night that they will not have a practice on Monday. The next practice session will be on Tuesday. For more updates, call their training camp hotline at 508-549-0001.

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FOXBORO -- Deion Branch is not threatened by Chad Ochocinco's arrival on the scene in Foxboro. As a matter of fact, the veteran receiver said Sunday following a walk-through at Gillette Stadium that he welcomes another star receiver who has the potential of improving the passing game. 

But Branch cautioned both fans and Ochocinco himself not to expect too much, too soon in camp in an offense that quarterback Tom Brady admitted can be very difficult to pick up for newcomers. 

Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth took the field with his new teammates in the first of two sessions for the team Sunday, an indication that he has passed his conditioning test. Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio would not confirm that the newly acquired  Haynseworth would take part in the day's on-field sessions prior to the morning session, saying only that he would be on the field soon.

The Patriots announced Saturday afternoon that they have re-signed veteran defensive back Brandon McGowan and linebacker Tracy White, and have released rookie linebacker Anthony Leonard. McGowan, who joined the Patriots in 2009, was on injured reserve for all of 2010 with a chest injury. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound McGowan has amassed 181 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over his six-year career, including 66 total tackles, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2009.

FOXBORO — A relatively subdued Chad Ochocinco met the New England media for the first time following his first padded practice with the Patriots on Saturday morning, and while he was his usual quotable self — “Can I get a group hug, real quick from everybody?” he asked at th



FOXBORO -- After signing a new contract to return to the Patriots for a 13th season, veteran running back Kevin Faulk said Bill Belichick was the biggest reason he was motivated to rehab his knee following surgery and come back to the team. 

FOXBORO -- Chad Ochocinco had his smile, talked again about landing in heaven and even gave a group hug at the end after he saw reporters and photographers jostling for position in his post-practice interview. But the star wide receiver said Saturday he is planning on toning it down a lot from his previous days in Cincinnati.

FOXBORO -- On what is expected to be a busy day in Foxboro - the first full day of practice in pads - the Patriots announced Saturday morning that Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins signed his franchise tag tender, a positive sign that the two sides are working toward a long-term contract. 

Mankins, because it's a new contract, will not practice until Aug. 4, in addition to running back Kevin Faulk and cornerback Kyle Arrington, who also signed new deals on Saturday. 

FOXBORO — The guy who drew most of the attention at Patriots’ practice Friday morning wasn’t even dressed for football.