The New England Patriots are in good shape. They are 5-0, lead the AFC East and have the most dynamic offense in the entire league. The unit, which has scored a whooping 36.6 points per game, could become even better in the upcoming weeks (barring injuries, of course) as two key contributors of last year's Super Bowl squad will return to practice today, according to media reports: wide receiver Brandon LaFell and center Bryan Stork.
#Patriots WR LaFell (PUP), C Stork (short-term IR) are practicing for the first time this reg season. Sheard, Cannon, Mason not here.— Erik Scalavino (@E_Scal) October 21, 2015
LaFell and Stork were starters last year but, due to injury, missed the first weeks of the 2015 season. LaFell suffered a foot injury, which kept him on the sidelines for almost the entire offseason and lead to him being placed on the physically unable to perform list. Per the rules, he can start practicing today but does not need to join the active roster for another three weeks. It is therefore not a given that he will suit up on Sunday against the New York Jets.
Stork, on the other hand, was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return due to a concussion. This means that he can start practicing after six weeks (aka today) but can't join the active roster just yet and has to sit out the Patriots' next two games (against the Jets and the Miami Dolphins).
Both players practicing today is a great sign for their rehability process and while they might/will not play in the upcoming two weeks, the Patriots will get two key members of their offense back to make the unit even more dangerous than it already is.