Patriots Training Camp: New England Host Saints Tuesday And Wednesday Prior To Preseason Game

New England's 2010 Training Camp, and the 51st season in Patriots' franchise history, began Thursday with a pair of practices on a cloudy day in Foxborough. Follow along here for updates throughout the next few weeks, taking you right into the preseason games and down to the 53-man roster.

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Patriots Training Camp: New Welcomes Super Bowl Champion Saints To Town For Joint Practices

For the first time in the 2010 season, the Patriots will get a chance to hit someone besides their teammates when New England hosts the Saints in joint practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. New Orleans is in town in preparation for Thursday's preseason game with the Patriots.

Tuesday's schedule has the Pats and Saints practicing at 9 A.M. and then again at 3:45 P.M. (NFL officials will be on hand as well).

Bill Belichick provided details on Monday as to what was in store the next two days:

Both teams will be on the two practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. The opening third of the practice will have the Saints on one field and the Patriots on the other.

For the final two-thirds of practice, the teams will come together.

When the teams come together, the work will be varied, including everything from 7-on-7 drills to a possible full-team scrimmage.

"This will be a chance for us to do it against somebody else," Belichick said. "Their schemes and players are different than ours, so it just creates some new matchups."

The intensity level is expected to be ramped up a bit over the next two days, which probably explains why the players sound so excited. "This will be great for the fans to see. I think there will be a pretty good buzz throughout practice this week," LT Matt Light said.

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Patriots Training Camp: Nick Kaczur Reportedly Has 'Significant Back Injury'

With Patriots offensive guard Logan Mankins not reporting to camp, all eyes have turned to Nick Kaczur as his replacement. Now, there is potentially bad news on the horizon for Kaczur. Mike Reiss reported (via Pats Pulpit) over the weekend that Kaczur may have a "significant back injury that could sideline him indefinitely, potentially threaten his season."

In a press conference Monday, Bill Belichick shockingly actually discussed injuries, touching upon both Kaczur and DT Ty Warren, though the details remained sparse.

'Injury-wise, Ty (Warren) and Nick Kaczur both have missed a number of practices,' Belichick said. 'Both are being evaluated by our medical staff. We’ll see what comes of that. We’ll just have to wait and see until we get a little more information. Otherwise, everyone is day-to-day. We got some guys back last week, hopefully we’ll get some more guys back this week to get us closer to full-strength.'

The injury to Kaczur is significant to follow as we head into the first pre-season game Thursday night, against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium.    

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Patriots Training Camp: Wes Welker Removed From PUP List, Will Practice Sunday

Wes Welker, just eight months removed from an ACL knee injury and six months after major surgery to repair it, has been taken of the active/physically unable to perform list and will practice with the Patriots on Sunday.

Patriots' Director of Pro Personnel Nick Caserio made the announcement, saying that Welker had passed his physical.

"Every player has to go at their own pace. But Wes is a unique guy, there's no question about it.  He realizes he has to go out there and prove himself once again regardless of what's happened in the past, just like any player, it's a tribute to him, and his work ethic and his toughness that he's back out on the field. We'll see how it goes."

Welker has been seen running and conditioning in individual drills off to the side during the Patriots' first seven practices, including five conducted in full pads. New England's second practice of Sunday is scheduled for 3:45 P.M. EDT.

Nothing is certain still, but this continues to indicate that Welker will indeed be ready for the regular season opener against the Bengals Sept. 12.

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