FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski, Sony Michel, and Shaq Mason were spotted at the Patriots walkthrough Wednesday afternoon as the team began on-field preparations for Sunday’s game in Tennessee.
In weather that made it feel more like training camp than late fall, the players didn’t wear numbers, so taking attendance was a crapshoot at best.
All three players missed Sunday night’s win over the Packers. Gronkowski is battling ankle and back issues, Michel injured his knee against the Bears Oct. 21, and Mason hurt his calf against the Bills Oct. 29.
The Patriots will issue an injury report later Wednesday that will shed light on the participation levels. Thirteen players were limited/questionable on last Friday’s report.
Wednesday was the first Patriots practices for safety Obi Melifonwu, linebacker Albert McClellan, and practice squad defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu.
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The flurry of roster activity continued as the Patriots signed offensive lineman Matt Tobin to a one-year deal, filling out the 53-man roster. Tobin, who spent the summer with the Patriots and was released on cutdown day, offers experience (the six-year veteran has 21 career starts) and versatility (he’s played guard and tackle).
Tobin, 28, had a short stay with the 49ers in September.
There has been a lot of shuffling along the offensive line in the last week, with James Ferentz being promoted to the active roster, Brian Schwenke being placed on injured reseve with a foot problem, and Cole Croston being released.