There weren’t a lot of big surprises when the Patriots placed seven names on the active/physically unable to perform list Monday. The surprise was the name that wasn’t on the list: running back LeGarrette Blount.
Receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, running back Dion Lewis, tight end Clay Harbor, guards Tre’ Jackson and Shaquille Mason, and tackle Sebastian Vollmer all landed on the list.
All players have to report for training camp by Wednesday, with the first on-field workout scheduled for Thursday.
All seven of those players can come off the list at any time. All missed time last season because of injuries, though those ailments are not necessarily the reason they are on the list now. The injuries were: Amendola (knee and ankle), Edelman (foot), Lewis (knee), Jackson (knee), Mason (knee), Vollmer (ankle), and Harbor (abdomen).
It’s likely the designations are all precautionary, and it would be a surprise if any of the seven weren’t ready for the opener.
Neither Amendola nor Edelman were spotted on the field at OTAs or minicamp, but in recent public appearances both looked healthy — Amendola at Tom Brady’s charity game and Edelman at his youth camp. Additionally, Vollmer and Jackson weren’t spotted for the spring on-field workouts.
Lewis looked unencumbered at the final OTA practice the media was allowed to attend. Mason also returned for the final spring workout after not being spotted in previous practices.
Harbor was active at all the practices, so his presence on the list is a minor surprise.
Blount, who was placed on injured reserve in December after suffering a hip injury against the Texans, wasn’t at any of the spring practice sessions, so his absence on the list is a good sign.
Blount will be competing for carries with Lewis, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden, Joey Iosefa, and rookie D.J. Foster.