Patriots Practice Observations: Jonathan Cooper Carted Off With Foot Injury


FOXBORO, Mass. — The first notable injury of New England Patriots training camp occurred Saturday, when guard Jonathan Cooper was carted off the field with a right foot injury.

Cooper has a plantar fascia issue, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported during the Patriots’ first padded practice. Cooper went down during an offensive walkthrough and had to be helped off the field and carted into Gillette Stadium.

Here’s what else went down during Day 3 of training camp:

— Tom Brady had his best practice of the summer, going 4 of 4 in 11-on-11s and 21 of 24 overall.

— Jimmy Garoppolo went 2 of 3 in 11-on-11s, with his lone incompletion coming on a drop by wide receiver Chris Hogan. Garoppolo went 13 of 20 overall.

— Jacoby Brissett went 1 of 2 in 7-on-7s and was 12 of 19 with an interception overall. Brissett was picked off by safety Vinnie Sunseri.

— Kevin Faulk, who will be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame on Monday, was a special guest. He played catch with Brady at one point during the practice session.

— Center Bryan Stork didn’t finish practice. Second-year pro David Andrews filled in for him with the first unit at center. Rookie Ted Karras filled in for Cooper with the first team at right guard. Rookie Joe Thuney remains at left guard. Shaq Mason, Josh Kline and Tre’ Jackson aren’t participating in team drills, so the Patriots’ top O-line could change when those players are fully healthy.

— Mason and running back D.J. Foster are not on the physically unable to perform or non-football injury lists, but both worked away from the rest of their teammates. Mason started training camp on PUP before passing his physical Thursday. Foster suffered a hamstring injury during minicamp.

— Rob Ninkovich and Shea McClellin continue to work at both defensive end and linebacker. They both project as outside linebackers in a 3-4.

— Here are the receiver-defensive back 1-on-1 drills we tracked:

  • WR Chris Hogan over CB Malcolm Butler
  • TE Bryce Williams over FS Devin McCourty
  • WR Aaron Dobson over CB Logan Ryan
  • TE A.J. Derby over FS Duron Harmon
  • WR Keshawn Martin over CB Justin Coleman
  • Derby over FS Cedric Thompson
  • CB Darryl Roberts over WR Chris Harper
  • Hogan over CB E.J. Biggers
  • Dobson over CB V’Angelo Bentley
  • Williams over Sunseri
  • CB Cyrus Jones over WR DeAndre Carter
  • Williams over SS Jordan Richards
  • WR Devin Lucien over CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
  • SS Patrick Chung over Williams
  • Derby over DB Brock Vereen
  • Butler over Dobson
  • Derby over Chung
  • Hogan over Ryan
  • Williams over McCourty
  • Martin over Coleman
  • Richards over Derby
  • CB Jonathan Jones interception over Lucien
  • Williams over Sunseri
  • Dobson over Bentley
  • FS Duron Harmon over Derby
  • Harper over Roberts
  • Williams over Thompson
  • LeBlanc over Carter

— Here are the pass-rushing 1-on-1s we tracked:

  • Ninkovich over OL Marcus Cannon
  • OL Ted Karras over DL Geneo Grissom
  • DL Markus Kuhn over OL David Andrews
  • DL Terrance Knighton over OL Kyler Kerbyson
  • DL Chris Long over OL Cameron Fleming
  • DL Trey Flowers OL Nate Solder
  • OL Joe Thuney over DL Frank Kearse
  • OL Karras over DL Woodrow Hamilton
  • Grissom over OL Keavon Milton
  • DL Jabaal Sheard over Solder
  • Kerbyson over DL Joe Vellano
  • OL Jon Halapio over Kuhn
  • Halapio over DL Anthony Johnson
  • Ninkovich over Fleming
  • Solder over McClellin
  • Thuney over Flowers
  • Halapio over Sheard
  • Long over Cannon
  • DL Rufus Johnson over OL LaAdrian Waddle
  • OL Chris Barker over DL Frank Kearse
  • Kerbyson over Hamilton

— Dobson continues to impress, but I’d like to see it in a preseason game before I buy in.

— It’s easy to see why Thuney and Karras are getting first-team reps. They’ve been impressive so far.

— Hogan, despite the drop, was solid again in practice. He caught a touchdown from Brady over Butler and McCourty in 11-on-11s.

— Running back LeGarrette Blount fumbled and had to take a lap. Sheard also took a lap during practice.

Thumbnail photo via Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper (61) against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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