FOXBORO -- The comparisons make a lot of sense: the 2012 Patriots have just as many talented skill positions players as the 2007 team.

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent his condolences to Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 29-year-old son Garrett was found dead this morning by an Eagles team official at their camp at Lehigh University.

"Very sad," Belichick said at his Sunday news conference. "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."

Belichick and Andy Reid are very close friends and the two longest tenured head coaches in the NFL. Authorities investigating the death have ruled out foul play and suicide.

In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots announced late Saturday afternoon that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery had filed his retirement papers with the NFL. The team also announced that fullback Tony Fiammetta had been placed on the exempt/left squad list. Taking their roster spots are defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins. Martin and Huggins are expected to be at practice on Sunday when the Patriots return to training camp workouts after a day off on Saturday.

FOXBORO -- Two days after a training camp fight broke out before 22,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium, there were two more battles on Friday. Coach Bill Belichick sent the team, along with members of the coaching staff, to run three laps around the field as punishment.

The first fight involved linebacker Bobby Carpenter and lineman Ryan Wendell and two incidents followed moments later. Belichick spoke to the team after the laps and quarterback Tom Brady called for a players-only huddle.

FOXBORO -- Just over a month ago, we took a look at some of the positional battles we were most excited to see in Patriots training camp. Now, one week into camp, we take a look at how some of those battles are shaping up.

FOXBORO -- Saying he's seen much worse in his coaching career in the NFL, Bill Belichick said Thursday he isn't that concerned that the scuffle at Wednesday night's practice between Nate Solder and Brandon Spikes crossed any line of competitiveness among teammates.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots confirmed their practice schedule for the weekend and next week, including their sessions with the Saints at Gillette Stadium. 

FOXBORO -- Training camp fights are hardly a rarity in the NFL, but the Patriots had an interesting one when Nate Solder took a shot at Brandon Spikes, resulting in a big scrum at Wednesday night's practice for season ticket holders and Foxoboro residents at Gillette Stadium. 

Spikes left the field limping after the altercation (he would return later to practice), while Solder had to run a penalty lap. Other players jumped into the fracas, with Tom Brady holding Jerod Mayo from running in. 

FOXBORO -- Stevan Ridley knows what’s going on, so when you ask him how badly he wants to be the Patriots’ No. 1 running back, he smiles.

“Oh, man -- I think that’s every little kid’s dream, you know what I mean? I’m going to say pretty bad,” he said after practice on Sunday.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots announced Sunday there will be no public practice session on Monday, but they will return to the field from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday in a practice that will be open to fans. The team will follow that up with a ticketed, in-stadium practice session open to season ticket-holders on Wednesday.

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