FOXBORO -- Reporters no longer have access to full Patriots practices. That portion of training camp ended with the last practice before last week's preseason game against the Bears.
Members of the media are, however, allowed to watch the early portion of Patriots practices -- as they are during the regular season -- and Monday's availability period revealed a few notable absences from the start of the workout.
First and foremost, there were only two quarterbacks on the field, and neither of them were Tom Brady. As Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported over the weekend, Brady was excused from Sunday and Monday's sessions for a non-injury related reason.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was also unavailable for practice on Monday. He has not been spotted on the field since suffering an injury in the first joint practice with the Bears last week, but he has been seen in the Patriots locker room walking without a noticeable limp.
Safety Patrick Chung was not present for the start of the session, which came as somewhat of a surprise as he participated in Thursday's game with the Bears and did not appear to sustain any kind of noticeable physical ailment.
Defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who was tended to by Patriots trainers during the team's first preseason game with the Saints, was not present on the field Monday. Like Gronkowski, he has been seen in the locker room and has been walking without any apparent issues.
Two of the four players on the physically unable to perform list -- Danny Amendola and Tre' Jackson -- were spotted but were not in full pads. Sebastian Vollmer and Dion Lewis, also on PUP, were not available. Lewis and Vollmer are not expected to be ready to play when the regular season begins.
Running back Donald Brown, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and edge defenders Rob Ninkovich and Shea McClellin all headed for the lower field to do some conditioning soon after the team's warm-up. Receiver Keshawn Martin, running back DJ Foster and tight end Bryce Williams all remained with the team following the warm-up. That trio has typically done conditioning while the team has performed drills and conducted team practice periods so the fact that they remained with the majority of their teammates after the initial periods of the session may be viewed as a sign they are getting closer to full health.
Guard Josh Kline, who appeared to endure a shoulder injury during the second quarter of the Bears game, was present for practice and participating.
Guards Jonathan Cooper (foot) and Shaq Mason (reported hand injury) were not present for practice. Defensive lineman Alan Branch, who has ben suspended by the team, was also absent.
Lastly, cornerback Logan Ryan, who has worn a red non-contact jersey since the start of training camp, was wearing blue on Monday. That could be an indication he's ready to participate in a preseason game, which would be a first for him this summer.