New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Things are trending in the right direction for the Patriots health-wise as they get closer to Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. The team got three players back at practice on Thursday who weren’t present on Wednesday.

Offensive lineman Michael Onwenu was back at practice for the first time in almost two week, after missing last weeks game on COVID-IR. Tackle Isaiah Wynn, who is also on COVID-IR, was not spotted at practice.

Meanwhile, Running back Damien Harris (ribs) and guard Shaq Mason (abdomen) were both limited on Thursday after not participating on Wednesday. Cornerback Shaun Wade (concussion) didn’t participate for the second day in a row, while tackle Justin Herron (back) was downgraded from limited to DNP.

In addition to Harris and Mason, the team had eight other limited players including Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder), Kyle Van Noy (groin), and Ronnie Perkins (ankle), defensive backs Jalen Mills (hamstring), Jonathan Jones (ankle), Kyle Dugger (hamstring), and Cody Davis (knee), and kicker Nick Folk (left knee).

For Dallas, cornerback Trevon Diggs – who leads the NFL with six interceptions – didn’t practice for the second day in a row due to an ankle injury. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong (ankle) and safety Damontae Kazee (hip) also didn’t practice.

Four Cowboys players were limited, including starting left tackle Tyron Smith (neck), who wasn’t listed on the report at all on Wednesday. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (ribs), defensive end Randy Gregory (knee), and safety Donovan Wilson (groin) were also limited, while tackle Ty Nsekhe (illness) was a full participant.

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