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It was a ‘good news, bad news’ situation for the Patriots at practice Wednesday, their first of the week leading up to Sunday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Five players weren’t spotted during the portion of practice open to the media, although a familiar face returned.

Damien HarrisRhamondre StevensonGunner OlszewskiJamie Collins, and Matt Judon were not on the field Wednesday afternoon in Foxborough. Harris, Stevenson, and Olszewski all left Sunday’s game early with head injuries. Judon welcomed the birth of his third child Wednesday morning, which would explain his absence. Collins’ situation should become more clear when the first injury report of the week comes out Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, tackle Trent Brown returned to practice for the first time since being placed on IR on Oct. 9. Brown hasn’t played since suffering a calf injury on the opening drive of the season. With his return, the Patriots now have three weeks to officially activate Brown to the 53-man roster.

In other roster moves, James Ferentz was back at practice after being waived on Monday, meaning he’s re-signed to fill one of the teams two practice squad spots. On defense, Bill Belichick confirmed in his morning press conference that Byron Cowart will not be activated from PUP, ending his season. Cowart had began practicing three weeks ago, and Wednesday was the final day he was eligible to be added to the roster.

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