Thursday roll call: Perfect attendance again

FOXBOROUGH – Everyone who was expected to be at Thursday’s Patriots practice was spotted for the full-pads workout, making it two days in a row the team had perfect attendance.

Cornerback Aqib Talib was wearing pads in his uniform pants, significant because in last week’s full-pads workout, Talib had none, a sign that he wasn’t close to returning from the hip injury he’s been suffering from. Perhaps today was a positive development in Talib’s availability for Sunday’s game with the Steelers.

Running back Brandon Bolden, who’s been limited in recent weeks with a knee injury, began the portion of practice open to the media riding a stationary bike while his teammates were doing some light conditioning work. Bolden was followed by running back Leon Washington, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

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Running back Shane Vereen and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly were also on hand. Kelly was wearing a brace on the knee he injured Oct. 6 at Cincinnati. Vereen can’t play until Nov. 18 at Carolina, since he was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after the season-opening win at Buffalo, in which he broke a bone in his wrist.