New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 18: Kyle Dugger #50 of the New England Patriots looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

The Patriots DNPs at practice have now reached double digits. With the addition of D’Angelo Ross on Friday, a camp-high 10 players sat out Friday’s session.

Ross is a second-year cornerback. The 2019 UDFA has a strong start to camp last season before being placed on IR in August.

The Patriots top 2020 draft pick Kyle Dugger was initially not spotted at practice, but came on to the field late and participated in a limited role. By all indications, Dugger has been a standout through one week of practices.

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Meanwhile, wide receiver N’Keal Harry and cornerback Stephon Gilmore were not spotted for the second straight day. The other absences were Adrian Phillips, Yodny Cajuste, Derek Rivers, Tashawn Bower, Beau Allen, Sony Michel, and Lamar Miller.

There’s been no official reason given for any of the players missing practice. Michel and Miller, who haven’t been on the field yet this year, are both on PUP. Allen, a free agent defensive tackle, has also been out since Monday.

Despite a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that quarterback Jarrett Stidham is dealing with a leg injury, the second-year signal caller was present at practice and throwing.

The Patriots were in shells and shorts Friday, ahead of an off day on Saturday. With a lighter workload for the weekend, the players may be given some much-needed time to rest up and heal.

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