New England Patriots

The New England Patriots practice on Oct. 23, 2019 in Foxborough, Mass. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBORO, Mass. — Mohamed Sanu was spotted during the media availability portion of Patriots practice in Foxboro on Wednesday, along with several others who were absent in recent practices for various reasons.

The veteran former Falcons and Bengals receiver is officially a member of the Patriots and will wear jersey No. 14. Josh Gordon joined him in the stretching period, a positive sign as he works his way back from knee and ankle injuries. Rex Burkhead, Ryan Izzo, and Patrick Chung, all of whom also missed Monday’s game at the Jets, were spotted.

Michael Bennett, meanwhile, was also present. His suspension is over after one week.

It was a padless walkthrough on Wednesday, so the presence of players on last week’s injury report isn’t necessarily a sign that they’re healthy. The likelihood is that one or more are listed as limited participants.

LaCosse missing for Patriots

As for absences, tight end Matt LaCosse was not spotted. He’s reportedly dealing with an MCL injury and needs to miss at least a few weeks. So it appears the Pats are going to carry him on the roster so they don’t have to place him on injured reserve.

After releasing Eric Tomlinson, Ben Watson and Izzo are the only other tight ends on the Patriots’ roster.

LaCosse was the only absence that everyone could agree upon Wednesday. It’s very difficult to take attendance without jersey numbers to go by. But there certainly weren’t any glaring absences. The main players were out there.

The Patriots’ health situation will become more clear later Wednesday afternoon, when the first injury report of the week is released.

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