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.
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.