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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 17: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 17, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The number of players missing from Patriots training camp practice has grown for the fourth straight day. Nine players, a team-high for camp so far, were not spotted on the practice field Thursday morning.

Those nine are Stephon Gilmore, Adrian Phillips, Yodny Cajuste, N’Keal Harry, Beau Allen, Derek Rivers, Tashawn Bower, Sony Michel, and Lamar Miller.

For Gilmore, Phillips, and Cajuste, it’s their first day of missed practice this year. Meanwhile, Allen, Michel, and Miller haven’t been on the field at any point during camp.

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No reasons have been gives for any of the absences, although Michel and Miller are on PUP and therefore not eligible to practice.

The good news is the team did see two rookies return Thursday morning. Third-round linebacker Anfernee Jennings and UDFA wide receiver Jeff Thomas, who are both expected to play key roles for the Patriots in 2020, took the field for the first time this year.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com