New England Patriots

Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots helmet during the game against New Orleans Saints during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots are getting healthier heading into Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. All three players who were projected to miss practice on Monday were back on the field for Tuesday’s walkthrough.

Running back Damien Harris and wide receiver and kick returner Gunner Olszewski returned to action after missing time due to concussions suffered in the team’s Week 9 game against the Panthers. Both players were listed as limited on Tuesday’s injury report. Linebacker Josh Uche was also limited after being listed as a non-participant Monday with an ankle injury.

12 other players were listed as limited for the Patriots, who were all limited Monday as well. They are running back Brandon Bolden (hip), wide receiver N’Keal Harry (knee), tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), guard Shaq Mason (abdomen), tackle Trent Brown (calf), linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs), Dont’a Hightower (ankle), and Kyle Van Noy (groin), cornerback Jalen Mills (forearm), safety Kyle Dugger (ankle), kicker Nick Folk (left knee), and punter Jake Bailey (right knee).

Only one Patriots player missed practice on Tuesday. Defensive end Deatrich Wise did not participate due to a non-COVID illness.

In one other bit of roster news for the Patriots, the Detroit Lions signed kicker Riley Patterson off the practice squad, as first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The rookie had signed with the Patriots last month. There are now three spots open on New England’s practice squad

For Atlanta, their injury report remained mostly unchanged, with the only adjustment being tight end Lee Smith being upgraded from limited to full participant. Running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) remains the player to watch. He was limited for the second day in a row. Patterson leads the Falcons in all-purpose yards this season.

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