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Week 1 Patriots vs Steelers: New England has perfect attendance during first practice of the week

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New England Patriots Practice Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

With cutdown weekend in the rear-view mirror, the New England Patriots can begin focusing on their upcoming opponent in the regular season opener: the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the teams projected to fight for the AFC crown his season, will come to town on Sunday night to watch the Patriots unveil their record-tying sixth championship banner. After the ceremony, they will face one of the deepest teams in the league — and a healthy one.

The Patriots placed rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry on injured reserve earlier today (the expectation is that he will return off the list later during the year) and lost starting center David Andrews to season-ending IR on cutdown they, but they are at full available strength if today’s practice is any indication: according to media reports from Foxborough, New England had all 53 men currently on their active roster present for the start of today’s practice.

This means that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was re-signed to fill Harry’s old spot on the roster after getting released on cutdown day, was available — as were all other 52 players on the active squad, including wideout Julian Edelman and defensive edge Shilique Calhoun: Edelman left the preseason finale after only five snaps due to a minor hand injury; Calhoun missed the last two exhibition contests and practices leading up to them after leaving the second preseason game with an injury.