FOXBOROUGH — Patriots left tackle Trent Brown missed his second straight practice Tuesday afternoon.
Brown was spotted in the locker room but did not participate in team drills on Sunday. His absence is a curious one, given Houston’s formidable front seven, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the nonattendance is “excused.” Brown will return to practice Wednesday and play Sunday against the Texans, per Schefter.
A 6-foot-8, 380-pound stalwart, Brown was healthy throughout the preseason and is expected to replace left tackle Nate Solder in protecting quarterback Tom Brady’s blindside. Before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder last season, Brown had started 28 straight games for the San Francisco 49ers.
In other good news for the Patriots’ offensive line, right tackle Marcus Cannon was also spotted at practice Tuesday. Cannon returned to action last week, after missing the majority of preseason due to an undisclosed injury. He is also expected to play against the Texans.
Other notable attendees at Tuesday’s practice include running backs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead, who both had been limited at different points throughout preseason; wide receiver Chad Hansen, who the Patriots claimed off waivers from the New York Jets on Sunday; and center/guard Brian Schwenke, who reportedly re-signed with the Patriots Tuesday after getting cut Saturday.
Among the few absences were wide receiver Julian Edelman (suspension), long snapper Joe Cardona (unknown), and new receiver Amara Darboh. After claiming him off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, New England has waived Darboh, according to multiple reports.