ESPN reports Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez "could" be ready for the start of training camp as he continues to make progress from offseason shoulder surgery. Hernandez only did individual work during offseason practices.
The Boston Herald reports Patriots tight end Jake Ballard stopped his work during the team's OTA practice Tuesday after hurting his left ankle while trying to catch a pass from Tom Brady in the back-right corner of the end zone. The severity is not known but he did stay to watch the end of practice, most likely a good sign. It is also not known if he will practice again this week.
The Boston Herald reports Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was carted from the sideline after hurting his left shoulder in practice Tuesday. The injury happened during team drills. Dennard walked slowly off the field where he received medical attention. The severity of the injury is not known.
ESPN reports that Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty is working his way back from offseason back surgery. At this point it is unknown which shoulder McCourty had the surgery performed, though he played with a separated right shoulder in 2011. He should be ready by training camp, according to the report.
The Boston Globe reports Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones won't require surgery on either of his injured ankles, according to a team source. Jones hurt his right ankle against the Colts in Week 11 and his left ankle in the Divisional Playoffs vs. the Texans.
Dolphins rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor had surgery to repair a hernia and will cost him up to three weeks of practice time. He's a candidate to be back for a June minicamp and should be OK for the start of training camp.
The Miami Herald reports that Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas expects to compete for the starting job even though Lamar Miller is considered the front-runner. I dont know why [Miller] would have the inside track, Thomas said. Its an open competition. Everybody has a fair shot. The best player is going to get the job. Nobody has a leg up. Im looking to be that guy . Thats why I put the work in. Thomas said he trained in Arizona with other players including Tim Tebow, Terrell Suggs, LaRon Landry and James Harrison: I wanted to get my legs back stronger [after knee surgery], he said. Ive been very inconsistent. Ive had a lot of injures. This is the year Ive got to put everything together. When Im healthy and on top of my game, I feel like I can play with the best of them.