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New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry makes a catch during an NFL football training camp practice, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

By Alex Barth,

Following Saturday’s off day, four Patriots players returned to practice after the team had a camp-high 11 absences on Friday.

Wide receiver N’Keal Harry, highlights the group of players who made it back to the field on Sunday. The 2019 first-round pick hadn’t practiced since Tuesday.

Also returned were DE Derek Rivers, OT Yodny Cajuste, and CB D’Angelo Ross.

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Stephon Gilmore is the most notable among the 10 Patriots players who didn’t practice on Sunday. The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reported on Friday that Gilmore is away from the team due to a “personal matter.”

On the offensive side of the ball, James White was the most notable absence. Sunday is the first practice the 28-year-old running back has missed.

UDFA wide receiver Jeff Thomas was also not spotted at practice. The heavily-hyped Miami product missed the beginning of training camp, but returned late last week.

New England Patriots wide receiver Isaiah Zuber (77) limbers up with teammates during an NFL football training camp practice, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Pool)

The other absences include James White, Michael Jackson, Jake Burt, J.J. Taylor, Tashawn Bower, Beau Allen, Sony Michel, and Lamar Miller.

In addition, safety Adrian Phillips was present at practice but did not have his helmet and did not take part in any drills.

No reason has been given for any of the absences, although Michel and Miller are on PUP and not eligible to practice. Without Michel, Miller, White, or Taylor, the Patriots had just two running backs for practice, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris.

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