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Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Gronkowski has been cleared to play at the New England Patriots training camp. Coach Bill Belichick says the star tight end has been cleared after offseason knee surgery. The Patriots hold their first public practice of camp on Thursday.
Impact: Gronkowski missed the last three regular-season games and both playoff games after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he was hit by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward. Gronkowski underwent surgery in January. He also missed the first six games while recovering from forearm and back operations. He played just seven games last season and finished with 39 catches and four touchdowns.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: According to coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski (knee) has been medically cleared to play, the Patriots' official site reports.
Impact: Gronkowski's recovery from the torn ACL and MCL that he suffered last Dec. 8 has evidently gone smoothly and he'll avoid placement on the Patriots' PUP list to start training camp. After working with the team's medical staff (as opposed to on-field activities) during the team's OTAs and mini-camp, we'd expect the Patriots to ease Gronkowski back into action as camp progresses, but in the absence of any setbacks, Wednesday's news puts the star tight end in line to be available for Week 1.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Easley (knee) has been placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list by the Patriots, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Easley, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered last September, was able to take the field for the last day of the Patriots' June minicamp, but it appears at this stage as though the team will work the rookie defensive tackle into the team's defensive line mix in a gradual fashion.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Gronkowski (knee) hasn't yet been placed on the Patriots' active/PUP list in advance of training camp, ESPN.com suggests that the designation could still be an option for the tight end before the team's first training camp practice Thursday.
Impact: On an encouraging note, Gronkowski -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL and MCL -- indicated Friday that he plans to play the entire 2014 season. Either way, look for the star tight end to be eased back into action by the Patriots, with an eye toward having him as healthy as possible leading up to Week 1. While it's still too early to completely sign off on Gronkowski's participation in the team's regular-season opener, the signs remain promising on that front.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) will open training camp on the PUP list, ESPN reports.
Impact: Dobson, who underwent surgery on Mar. 10, hoped to be ready for training camp but is taking his time in recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot. The team will continue to monitor his progress, though a return estimate hasn't been provided.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dennard (shoulder) will open training camp on the PUP list, ESPN reports.
Impact: The cornerback is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and wasn't present at the Pats' OTAs. However, Dennard will likely return in time for Week 1 and figures to compete for a starting spot opposite Darrelle Revis.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots have signed Byham.
Impact: The 26-year-old Byham spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay after his first two seasons with San Francisco. Byham has 11 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in 29 games since the 49ers drafted him out of Pittsburgh in the sixth round in 2010. Last season, he had three catches for 38 yards in four games with the Buccaneers.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolden is in line to face training camp competition from newcomers James White and Roy Finch, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: White, who the Patriots drafted in the fourth round of May's draft, is slated to serve as a complement/insurance policy for Shane Vereen, while Finch is a quick back who could help out as a returner. Bolden, meanwhile, can provide utility as a hard-running backup to Stevan Ridley after running 55 times for 271 yards and three TDs in 12 games last season. With White a virtual lock to stick, Bolden will need to hold off Finch -- as well as Jonas Gray and Stephen Houston -- in order to retain his roster spot this season.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson -- who underwent surgery on March 10 to repair a stress fracture in his left foot -- is unsure if he will be ready at the start of training camp, the Boston Globe reports. "I don't know, it's hard to say," Dobson said Tuesday. "I'm taking it one day at a time, rehabbing hard, just to get back out there as quick as I can."
Impact: There had been some reported optimism regarding the wideout's status for camp, but we suspect that the Patriots won't rush Dobson back into action, with the long haul in mind. On the plus side, Dobson has indicated that his foot is "getting better every day." Assuming his health as the summer progresses, Dobson, who caught 37 passes for 519 yards with four touchdowns in 12 games as a rookie last season, has a chance to emerge as a key downfield threat in the Patriots' offense this season.