SAN JOSE, Calif. --Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel was back on the field today after spending a day away from the team following his father's death Monday.
Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (shoulder) and defensive end Ty Warren (groin) both were present during the media access portion of practice for the second straight day at San Jose State, where the Patriots are preparing for Sunday's game at Oakland.
Wilfork said he will be ready to face the Raiders.
"Oh, yeah, no question I'm ready for Sunday," Wilfork said. "It felt good [to practice]. I don't expect anything other than a pretty healthy game for me. I feel better. A lot better."
Wilfork left Sunday's victory at Seattle with the shoulder injury, while Warren was inactive for the game. Wilfork said it is getting to be the time of year when the physical grind begins to catch up to players.
"It's down the road where you have to start getting a lot of treatment because your body starts to break down around this time," Wilfork said. "I'm doing everything I can. I'm happy to be to back on the field. Hopefully, it will show."
Three players were not spotted during the media access portion:
S James Sanders (ribs)
LB Pierre Woods (jaw)
LB Tedy Bruschi (left knee)
The Patriots were in shells (light shoulder pads) and shorts or sweatpants. Media members were present for stretching and the start of positional drills.