As they have done the last few years, the Patriots will hold joint practices again this summer. It’s already believed that New England will hold joint sessions with Tampa Bay before its game with the Bucs on Aug. 16, and on Tuesday, it was revealed they the Patriots will also hold practices with the Eagles in the days prior to the preseason opener for both teams on Aug. 9.

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FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard appeared to suffer a left shoulder or collarbone injury late in New England’s OTA session, and had to be carted off the field before practice came to a close.

Dennard, a seventh-round pick out of Nebraska last season, had 35 tackles (34 solo), seven passes defensed and three interceptions for the Patriots last season. Along with Aqib Talib, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder projects as one of New England’s two starting cornerbacks in 2013.

Undrafted free agent T.J. Moe — who received $30,000 in guaranteed money when he signed with the Patriots following the 2013 draft — has cleared waived after tearing his Achilles and has been placed on the team’s injured reserve list, according to the NFL’s transaction wire.

He will not count against New England’s 90-man roster. The Patriots waived/injured him on Friday following an injury he suffered last week during OTAs.

The Patriots announced Monday they have re-signed rookie free agent offensive lineman R.J. Mattes. Mattes, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 13 out of North Carolina State before being released on May 23. The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder, was a four-year starter at both guard and tackle and was named a second-team All-ACC as a senior in 2012.

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Forget Danny Amendola.



The Patriots announced Friday they have released veteran offensive lineman Tyronne Green and rookie free agent T.J. Moe.

Green, 27, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 13. He is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Chargers (2009-12) after joining the team as fourth-round (133rd overall) draft pick out of Auburn in 2009. The 6-foot-2, 316-pounder, has played in 41 NFL games with 28 starts at both guard positions. Last season in San Diego, Green started 13 games at left guard.

Rob Gronkowski‘s agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday that the upcoming back surgery for the Patriots’ tight end is nothing more than “preventative maintenance” and added that its’ fundamentally “killing two birds with one stone.”

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Rob Gronkowski is set for surgery.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots tight end will undergo back surgery next month, and and his timeline to return to the playing field has been pushed back further into training camp. That would make six reported surgeries for the tight end since February 2012.

FOXBORO — Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly has only been around the Patriots for a few months, but he already knows how the game is played in New England.

After Wednesday’s OTA session behind Gillette Stadium, the 32-year-old was asked if he’s excited about the potential of making the postseason for the first time in his career, and he quickly answered with a smile.

It’s a different sport, but watching the NBA postseason, it’s hard not to see the team-building and management parallels between the Spurs and Patriots.