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Patriots a bit rusty in 1st work in full pads

FOXBOROUGH — There was a lot of clatter, but there were no real big thumps when the Patriots donned full pads and conducted their first workout of training camp in full gear Sunday morning before a crowd of about 7,000 at the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.

For linebacker Brandon Spikes, who prides himself on making the splashy big hit, it was an opportunity to knock some rust off his game as the team ramped up the intensity level on the third day of camp.

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