Five days removed from a walkthrough, the New England Patriots returned to the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
And so did quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore following their clearance from the Covid-19 reserve list.
The lone member of New England’s current active roster absent from Thursday’s practice would be defensive end Deatrich Wise, while the team was granted an exemption for defensive tackle Carl Davis, a recent signing off the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad.
Four others were limited after a remote week.
“We’ve been on the field really one time,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during his morning video conference with reporters. “So, we’ll just have to see how things go here and that’s with everybody. It’s not specific to any individual player, but just in general, we’ve talked about kind of getting back into things and evaluating a little bit as we go. We’ve talked about that as a coaching staff and I think we’ve just got to have a good awareness and feel for practice and see where everybody is.”
Here’s the updated injury report for New England’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: DE Deatrich Wise (not injury related)
- Broncos: WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quad)
For non-injury reasons, Wise had also been projected as a non-participant on the initial report of the week. The Arkansas product stands with 11 tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown this season for New England. Elsewhere, defensive tackle Byron Cowart remains on the Covid-19 reserve list and does not count against the 53-man roster. But on the practice squad, rookie defensive lineman Bill Murray was back at Patriots practice Thursday.
Two stayed sidelined for Denver. Both Hamler and Attaochu had previously been ruled out for the postponed matchup due to hamstring and quad injuries, respectively.
- Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (knee), OT Isaiah Wynn (calf), G Shaq Mason (calf), DT Adam Butler (shoulder)
- Broncos: TE Noah Fant (ankle), OT Garett Bolles (not injury related), DT Mike Purcell (knee)
New England’s limited continued in that degree on Thursday. Of whom, only Mason went to the inactives list in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bolles would be added to Denver’s side of the partial participants for reasons not related to injury. The No. 20 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft has played every snap for the Broncos’ offensive line thus far into the campaign.
- Patriots: no players listed
- Broncos: QB Drew Lock (right shoulder), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot), RB Melvin Gordon (not injury related), LB Joseph Jones (knee), CB Bryce Callahan (wrist), CB Davontae Harris (hamstring), S Trey Marshall (wrist)
No Patriots graduated from limited to full.
For the Broncos, Gordon resumed in that capacity. The two-time Pro Bowler’s game status remains unclear after being charged with driving under the influence late Tuesday night. But Lindsay, out since suffering a toe injury in the season opener, is set to make his return to the Denver backfield.