FOXBOROUGH -- The word filtered out late Monday night, and by yesterday morning's practice session, it was official. The holdout of defensive end Richard Seymour was over.
The Patriots released a statement to that effect in the morning, and the Pro Bowl defensive end was in camp by the end of the day. With a renegotiation of his contract that covers just this season, Seymour arrived at Gillette Stadium before the Patriots' night practice session began at 7 p.m. but did not work out with the team. He ran through a physical and a conditioning run, as would any player reporting to camp, and was not made available for comment.
The assumption is that it will be business as usual today, with Seymour sweating and grunting with the rest of his Super Bowl champion teammates.
The agreement marks the end of a summer mini-series. Though Seymour was under contract, in the fifth year of a six-year deal, the three-time Pro Bowl player had been a no-show. He missed minicamp in June, and when training camp began last week, the 6-foot-6-inch, 310-pound veteran with three Super Bowl rings was absent.
Coach Bill Belichick has been adamant in talking only about the players who were here, rather than those who were not, even someone as valuable as Seymour, who under the renegotiated fifth year of his contract will get a raise of 40 percent, bringing his salary this year to approximately $4 million. He originally was scheduled to earn $2.87 million under the contract he signed as a rookie.
''I said that I would announce something as soon as we had something to say," said Belichick. ''We did that this morning and we're happy about it. In terms of the contract and the negotiations or anything that went down, I'm not going to get into any of that. But we're happy to have Richard come back to camp and look forward to seeing him out on the field."
So do his teammates, although they made it clear, in true Patriot fashion, that as good as Seymour may be, his absence did not diminish their ability to focus on the task at hand, which is preparing to win an unprecedented third consecutive Super Bowl.
''It's nice to have him back, now that he's here," said linebacker Mike Vrabel, who is expected to assume more of a leadership role in the absence of Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson. ''He's a presence in the locker room and on the field."
Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was even more emphatic: ''He's a quality player who can help our team. We need Richard." The players seemed to understand that contract disputes, especially those that form during a summer camp of two-a-day drills, are nothing personal.
''It was Richard taking care of business," said cornerback Eugene Wilson. ''We were hoping that things worked out for the best."
Tight end Christian Fauria was even more blunt: ''You just feel better when he's out there. He never really misses practices. He's never out of position. He's a force to be reckoned with. I think he deserves everything he gets."
But their roles were going to be the same whether Seymour signed or not.
''We've got our families to take care of, too," said defensive end Ty Warren, who hinted that when Seymour rejoins the party, he's in for his share of roasting from his teammates.
''When he's ready to practice, he'll be out there," said Belichick, who gave only the barest hint of an opinion on the holdout. ''There's a time to handle the business part of it, and there's a time to play football in training camp, and it's time to start playing football. Playing football is playing football. You just can't simulate it."
Belichick's message, to all of his players, was clear: The business part of Richard Seymour's season is over for the time being.
It was time to start playing football, which could come as soon as this morning.
Jerome Solomon of the Globe staff and correspondent Adam Kilgore contributed to this report.