FOXBORO — Alan Branch was seen for the first time in almost two weeks Monday as he returned to the practice field with the Patriots preparing for their fourth and final preseason game against the Giants Thursday night.

Alan Branch

Alan Branch

FOXBORO — Alan Branch was seen for the first time in almost two weeks Monday as he returned to the practice field with the Patriots preparing for their fourth and final preseason game against the Giants Thursday night.

Branch had been suspended since prior to the second preseason game against the Bears on Aug. 18. Bill Belichick called the matter a “club issue” and Branch wouldn’t say anything more than that.

“If Bill ain’t telling you all, I ain’t saying a damn thing,” Branch said. “I guarantee you that. If you all are looking for something from me it ain’t happening. I’m just happy to be out here and getting ready to play against the Giants. Being out here with my teammates, we’re all just grinding for the same goals. That’s where we’re at right now.”

The 31-year-old said there are no issues with either his teammates or coaches since returning.

“My teammates are good. My coaches are still good. There is no reason for me to walk around embarrassed at all,” he said.

Although Branch said there were no lingering issues, he did acknowledge he missed valuable snaps and reps during practice and the two games missed.

“Every snap on the field is valuable,” he said. “Every one I missed out there everyone is getting better while I was either staying stagnant or going down while I was going through the personal workouts I was doing. I missed some valuable time out there.”

Branch has been with the Patriots since 2014 as he was let go by the Bills. During that span he has 48 tackles and a sack. After bouncing around the league for his first seven seasons, he feels comfortable with the Patriots.

“I love it here,” Branch said. “Love the guys in the locker room. Love the atmosphere, the winning attitude. Everything about being here is awesome. I love this place.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news back at practice on Monday, as offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason returned to the practice field.

Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news back at practice on Monday, as offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason returned to the practice field.

Cooper had been missing since being carted off with a foot injury on one of the first few days of training camp. Mason missed the last week with a reported broken hand. Defensive tackle Alan Branch also returned after being suspended for last week.

Players missing all together from the shorts and shells session were: Matthew Slater, Dion Lewis, Kamu Grugier-Hill and Sebastian Vollmer. Danny Amendola and Tre’ Jackson remain on PUP.

As has been the case of late there were several players not participating on the entire session as they left early for conditioning work on the lower fields. They were: Amendola, Jackson, Mason, Cooper, Malcolm Mitchell, Shea McClellin and Rob Ninkovich. It would appear these players will not play in Thursday’s game against the Giants.

Jabaal Sheard was a full participant as was newly acquired Barkevious Mingo.

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Ryan Hannable
Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

FOXBORO — It appears that Bryan Stork’s rights have reverted back to the Patriots.

The offensive lineman, who was dealt to the Redskins last week for a conditional draft pick, reportedly failed his physical with Washington. On Monday, Bill Belichick was asked if New England would reclaim his rights because of what happened.

“I don’t know if that’s official, but that sounds like the way it’s going to go,” Belichick said.

“We’ll find out exactly what the story is,” he added. “Whenever that is, we’ll make the best decision that we can.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick took a pass when asked about the burgeoning controversy surrounding San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the National Anthem.

On Monday morning, the Patriots coach was asked for his thoughts on Kaepernick’s actions.

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday that when it came to defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and the Patriots, it just “didn’t work out.”

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick took a pass when asked about the burgeoning controversy surrounding San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the National Anthem.

On Monday morning, the Patriots coach was asked for his thoughts on Kaepernick’s actions.

“We’re really focused on what we do, getting ready for the Giants [and] improving our football team,” Belichick said. “[I’m] not here to talk about political commentary, ideology and all that.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday that when it came to defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and the Patriots, it just “didn’t work out.”

Knighton, who was signed as a veteran free agent in May, was released by the team on Monday morning after not playing at all in the third preseason game of the summer last Friday. Belichick praised Knighton, but added there were others on the depth chart who were ahead of him at this point in the summer.

“It just didn’t work out. He came in, worked hard, lost weight and got in good condition,” Belichick said. “[He] tried to do the things we asked him to do. There were other people ahead of him [on the depth chart].”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Multiple reports now indicate that former Patriots offensive lineman Bryan Stork has failed his physical with the Redskins.