New England Patriots

New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi steps on the field before the start of an NFL football training camp practice, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

By Alex Barth,

For their first practice of Week 12, the Patriots had a handful of players miss the session. However, one key rookie was present three weeks after being put on IR.

Tight end Devin Asiasi, a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, took part in Wednesday’s session. Asiasi was placed on IR three weeks ago with an undisclosed injury. This week is the first he’d be eligible to return.

Asiasi has played five games for the Patriots this year, without recording a catch. The team now has three weeks of officially activate him from IR.

Highlighting those missing from practice was left tackle Isaiah Wynn. Wynn left Sunday’s loss to the Texans late after getting his leg rolled up on. He has a history of lower-body injuries, including a torn Achilles that cost him his rookie year.

Also not spotted were defensive linemen Carl Davis and Tashawn Bower, and running back Rex Burkhead. Burkhead confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday that he will be out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury against Houston.

On the practice squad, tight end Jake Burt and defensive tackle Akeem Spence were both absent.

There was also a new No. 52 working out with the defense as well. He appeared to be a defensive end/outside linebacker. The Patriots have not recently worked out any defensive players outside of Spence.

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