New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the second time in as many days, the Patriots had a player return to practice after spending time on IR. After Trent Brown was spotted on Wednesday, defensive lineman Chase Winovich made his return on Thursday.

Winovich hasn’t practiced since being placed on IR on Oct. 19. The 2019 third-round pick is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Now that Winovich has returned to practice, the Patriots have 21 days to officially activate him to the 53-man roster. If he’s not activated in that window, he’ll revert to IR for the remainder of the year. He’s not eligible to play until being activated, which can happen at any time.

Winovich played in six games this season for the Patriots before getting hurt, and was mainly used on special teams. He’s recorded seven tackles and a QB hit in 2021.

The Patriots had four players missing from practice, all for the second day in a row. Running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are dealing with concussions, as is wide receiver and kick returner Gunner Olszewski. Meanwhile, Jamie Collins is working through an ankle injury. Matthew Judon returned to practice after missing yesterday’s session due to the birth of his daughter.