Though we assume they were getting a rest, the starting defensive line trio of Richard Seymour, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork were among those who did not participate in this afternoon's practice, though they were not alone: Randy Moss and Wes Welker, Benjamin Watson, Mike Wright, Shawn Springs, Dan Connolly, Paris Lenon, Tedy Bruschi and George Bussey also were not spotted.
Watson practiced this morning for the first time since the second day of camp; Shawn Crable, who didn't take part this morning, was on the field.
The practice was again full pads.
During drills, the linebackers worked in coverage on the tight ends and running backs -- Jerod Mayo stuck close to Laurence Maroney, but Maroney later juked Vinny Ciurciu, freezing him; BenJarvus Green-Ellis got his hands right in Eric Alexander's pads, pushing off and was open for the pass; and Adalius Thomas did a nice job of jamming Tyson DeVree.
As the offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers worked together, Derrick Burgess had to run a penalty lap, his second in as many days. He wasn't the only one lapping it up however -- in 11-on-11 work, Russ Hochstein and Billy Yates had to run for a false start, and just a few plays later, Hochstein, Ryan O'Callaghan, Rich Ohrnberger and Sebastian Vollmer all were caught jumping offsides.
Also during 11-on-11 work, Alex Smith made a nice grab from Tom Brady, and Brady was irked when he couldn't complete a pass to Ray Ventrone because Darius Butler was draped all over him. A flag for pass interference likely would have made Brady's day.
The session once again ended with a challenge -- this time Brady was under center, and dropped a pretty pass over Galloway's shoulder in the back left corner of the end zone. The offense celebrated, the defense ran a lap.