After their victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the New England Patriots returned to the practice fields earlier today to start their preparation for the upcoming game against another AFC East team, the Buffalo Bills. But while conditions were perfect for practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium, the Patriots' attendance was not.
According to multiple media reports, quarterback Tom Brady was one of three players not spotted during the open portion of the session. The NFL's best quarterback missed last Wednesday's practice as well and was later listed on the injury report with an Achilles issue. The 40-year old was removed from the report by Friday and was his usual stellar self versus the Dolphins.
Joining Brady on the list of absentees are offensive linemen Marcus Cannon (ankle) and LaAdrian Waddle (ankle). Per the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) and linebacker Trevor Reilly (concussion) were both “heading out to the practice fields with their helmets”. Both players headed to the rehab fields and despite likely not taking part in team drills appear to be on a good way in their recovery process.
Speaking of good signs: Patriots starting center David Andrews, who missed the last two games due to an illness, was back at practice today. Defenders Trey Flowers (ribs) and Kyle Van Noy (calf) were also spotted – both left Sunday's game against Miami due to their respective injuries.
The Patriots will release their first injury report of the week later today.