Not everyone’s ready for camp to start.
When Patriots rookies reported to Gillette Stadium Thursday, five of them failed their physicals.
The group was highlighted by seventh-round WR Jeremy Ebert, along with undrafted defensive lineman Justin Francis, wide receiver Matt Roark and offensive linemen Jeremiah Warren and Markus Zusevics.
Ebert was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list, and the other four were placed on the non-football injury list. Players can be activated from active-PUP at any time.
Sometimes guys fail physicals because of pre-existing injuries, but they may also fail early conditioning tests.
According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Patriots players have to run 20 timed sprints of either 60 yards (skill players), 50 yards (tight ends, fullbacks and linebackers) or 40 yards (linemen).