FOXBOROUGH – The Patriots are on the practice field for the first time in a week after enjoying some time to rest during their bye.
Colleague Michael Whitmer reports only one player was not present for the media-access window: S Steve Gregory, who broke his thumb in the Patriots’ win against the Steelers.
RB Shane Vereen, who is eligible to return to the active roster after spending the last nine weeks on injured reserve (he was the Patriots’ ‘designated to return’ player for this season), was out at practice, though he had begun practicing before the bye.
DL Armond Armstead and WR Mark Harrison, both on reserve/NFI, were not at practice. New England has until the end of this week to begin practicing them in hopes of having them play this season. Bill Belichick said on Monday it was “less likely with each day that goes by” that Armstead would begin practicing.
Patriots players practicing were in sweats and shells.