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Bears mix it up in Patriots’ den

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was in full pads Monday and participated in everything except 11-on-11 activities. Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

A wrapup of Monday’s workouts at Gillette Stadium:

Attendance, please

■  LB/DE Shea McClellin and S Brock Vereen were new absences. It was later learned Vereen retired.

■  Also not spotted were DE Jabaal Sheard, RB Dion Lewis, S Nate Ebner, G Jonathan Cooper, and T Sebastian Vollmer.

■  WRs Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin, and Danny Amendola; RBs Donald Brown and D.J. Foster; TE Bryce Williams; DE Rob Ninkovich; and G Tre’ Jackson all retreated to the conditioning field after team stretches and light running. (Amendola and Jackson did not wear pads.)

New injuries

TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed).

Dress code

Full pads

Three up

■  Justin Coleman: The second-year cornerback was active all afternoon and had four pass breakups; he was also stout in relief of starter Malcolm Butler.


■  Jamie Collins: The menacing middle linebacker was a man on a mission, applying consistent pressure on the pocket and also collecting a couple of pass breakups.

■  Jimmy Garoppolo: Showing poise, command, and excellent zip, the third-year quarterback completed 9 of 12 passes during full-team drills and 13 of 18 overall.

Three down

■  Gronkowski: The NFL’s best tight end pulled up during a 7-on-7 passing drill and was forced to leave practice after consulting with a trainer.

■  Butler: The starting corner was having a competitive practice before getting into a major tiff with Bears WR Alshon Jeffery and getting booted from practice.

■  Connor Shaw: The Bears’ third-string quarterback went 0 for 3 with an interception (Jordan Richards) in his lone series of full-team drills.

Top plays

■  Tom Brady hit Brandon Bolden in stride on a wheel route that appeared to totally catch the Bears off guard.

■  Defensive lineman Trey Flowers blew up Bears center Ted Larsen , forcing QB Jay Cutler to scramble and slide.

■  Cornerback Logan Ryan thumped TE Rob Housler. Ryan arrived at the same time as the ball and shouldered the Bear to the ground more accidentally than anything else.


■  Garoppolo hit Martellus Bennett with a bullet touchdown pass just as the horn sounded to end one session of 11-on-11s.

■  Devin McCourty timed his safety blitz perfectly (Collins cleared a nice path by clearing out a couple of Bears) and knocked down a Cutler pass in the pocket.

■  Ryan stepped in front of a Cutler pass and deflected it away from WR Cameron Meredith.

■  Garoppolo launched a short howitzer to the back of the end zone that rookie Devin Lucien snagged before touching down in bounds. Might have been Lucien’s best catch of the summer, considering the velocity.

■  Kamu Grugier-Hill, playing linebacker, picked off a Brian Hoyer pass. The rookie is showing great poise and smarts.

■  Rookie cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc broke up an end-zone pass from Hoyer to Joshua Bellamy.

■  Hoyer went back to Bellamy on the very next play only to have E.J. Biggers knock it away and then snag it (but he came down out of bounds).

Odds and ends

■  Julian Edelman was in full pads and participated in everything except 11-on-11 work. He looked exceptionally quick while cutting and turning and won the majority of his 1-on-1 battles. He also played catch with Brady during Garoppolo’s late 11-on-11 reps.

■  Former special teams coach Scott O’Brien was on the field for a second straight day and spent some time chatting up punt returner V’Angelo Bentley.

■  During early 7-on-7 drills, Garoppolo worked with the receivers while Brady worked with the tight ends and running backs.

■  Former Patriot Akiem Hicks walked back to the locker room with current Patriot Ramon Humber after practice. They are former Saints teammates.


■  Robert Kraft watched most of the session and shared a postpractice laugh with defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday: Joint practice with Bears, 10 a.m. (previously scheduled for 1 p.m.)

Wednesday: Joint practice with Bears, 10 a.m. (previously scheduled for 1 p.m.)

Thursday: Exhibition game vs. Bears, 8 p.m.

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.