The New England Patriots’ second training camp practice is currently underway on the fields behind Gillette Stadium, and there are some personnel news. While quarterback Tom Brady appears to be sitting out the session — he is present, just not in gear — the defensive line got some reinforcements today: defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr. is in uniform, an indicator that he has been removed off the physically unable to perform list.
Wise Jr. was one of six players to be placed on PUP during the first wave of check-ins on Sunday, and the first of the group to come off the list again. The 25-year-old was moved there after missing both New England’s organized team activities and mandatory minicamp due to issues with his ankle and foot. However, the expectation at the time was that he would return to the field sooner rather than later. Sooner, it looks like, is today.
The third-year man being back is certainly good news for his rehabilitation process, and for the Patriots’ defensive edge rotation as a whole. After all, he is projected to play a considerable role alongside fellow roster locks Michael Bennett — who is still a no-show at camp after being excused for personal reasons — and third-round rookie Chase Winovich.
With Wise Jr. back, the following players remain on the practice reserve lists:
RB Sony Michel (PUP)
WR Julian Edelman (NFI)
WR Demaryius Thomas (PUP)
OT Yodny Cajuste (NFI)
OT Cole Croston (PUP)
CB Ken Webster (PUP)
SS Nate Ebner (PUP)