The New England Patriots returned to the practice fields with Matt Judon on Thursday.
The starting outside linebacker, who had been listed as a non-participant to begin the week of New Orleans Saints prep, graduated to limited work while managing a knee issue. An additional two members of New England’s active roster remained in that capacity.
Here’s the second injury report heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- S Adrian Phillips (not injury related)
- C Erik McCoy (calf)
New England’s lone absence on Thursday was not due to injury. A hybrid safety, Phillips has handled 88 snaps and an interception since the calendar turned to September. And for New Orleans, McCoy has not played since early in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. The starting Saints center has yet to resume practicing because of a calf injury.
- OT Trent Brown (calf)
- RB Damien Harris (finger)
- LB Matt Judon (knee)
- G Calvin Throckmorton (knee)
- DE Payton Turner (elbow)
- CB Marshon Lattimore (hand)
Judon stands six tackles, three quarterback hits and one sack into his Patriots career. And in his return from the sidelines on Thursday, the offseason arrival was joined among the limited by starters on the offensive side of the ball. At right tackle, Brown last played on the opening drive of New England’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins due to a calf strain. And at running back, Harris rushed 16 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 before a finger ailment saw him appear on the injury report.
- LB Kyle Van Noy (throat)
- DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (calf)
- LB Pete Werner (hamstring)
- S C.J. Gardner-Johnson (knee)
- S P.J. Williams (back)
Van Noy made his way back to practice as a full participant on Wednesday, and that designation held true on Thursday. New England’s All-Decade selection had missed all of last week due to a throat injury and was ruled out ahead of what became a 25-6 win at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets. On the Saints’ half of the aisle, three players went from limited to full.