A recap of Monday’s practice:
WR Chris Hogan, who hurt his shoulder Sunday, and LB Jonathan Freeny were the new absences for Monday night’s session inside Gillette Stadium.
Also not spotted were WRs Julian Edelman (PUP), Danny Amendola (PUP), and Keshawn Martin; RB Dion Lewis (PUP); C Bryan Stork; Gs Tre’ Jackson (PUP) and Jonathan Cooper; OT Sebastian Vollmer (PUP); and TE Clay Harbor.
WR Nate Washington and DT Alan Branch were in the stadium but did not practice. Washington has been out since getting sick on Day 1 and Branch is on the non-football injury list.
Shorts and shells.
■ Jamie Collins nearly picked off a Tom Brady pass during 11-on-11s with the offense backed up against the goal line.
■ Devin McCourty intercepted a Jimmy Garoppolo comebacker to Chris Harper that was deflected by Logan Ryan. McCourty weaved his way through traffic all the way to the end zone before celebrating with his Rutgers partner in crime.
■ Running back D.J. Foster hauled in a deep sideline pass over two defenders on a gorgeous wheel route pass from Jacoby Brissett in a little rookie showcase action.
■ Rob Gronkowski snagged what looked like a Brady throwaway in the back of the end zone. The big tight end soared, snagged it, and then tapped his toes.
■ Garoppolo threw a perfect sideline fade to DeAndre Carter up the left side. Dropped it, with Cyrus Jones in coverage.
■ Harper ran a few routes from the running back position and also dropped what would’ve been a 40-yard catch.
■ Harper came back with a nice leaping end zone grab from Garoppolo, prompting the QB to zoom to the end zone to celebrate. In a humorous moment, both McCourty and Ryan mimicked to the crowd that Harper had pushed off his defender.
Odds and ends
■ Josh Kline participated in team drills for the first time. He worked as the starting right guard on the first team and at center with the backup unit.
■ Tom Brady spent some time with Tedy Bruschi and his kids during the session. Hugging and high-fiving them before taking a knee and chatting them up for a bit. One then wore Brady’s helmet.
■ Brady showed off his sidearm strength with some serious bullets during an impromptu game of catch with Gronkowski while the team worked on kickoff returns.
■ There were many signs wishing Brady a happy birthday. The QB turns 39 on Wednesday.
■ WR Aaron Dobson was appreciative of the support for the 24,546 fans on hand. “Greatest fans in the world — Patriot Nation,’’ he said.
Tuesday: No practice.
Wednesday: Practice, 9:40 a.m.
Thursday: Practice: 9:15 a.m.
Friday: Practice: 9:15 a.m.