FOXBORO -- Wes Welker was not present at the start of New England's first practice of the week. The receiver injured his ankle last weekend in the Bills game. Wednesday marked the first time Welker has missed a workout since August 23.
Left guard Logan Mankins was also not at practice. He was already dealing with calf and hip injuries this season before, coincidentally, hurting his ankle in the Bills game.
But that was it for absences.
Linebacker Tracy White came back to practice for the first time since hurting his foot in Week 5. Defensive end Trevor Scott also made his return.
There was also a pair of truly new faces on the field Wednesday. Cornerback Aqib Talib, whom the Patriots traded for on November 1, debuted wearing No. 31. He was joined by guard Mitch Petrus (No. 67).
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has backed down from his threat to sue the NFL over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, is adamant about his fellow owners discussing it at a Dec. 13 meeting, according to Pro Football Talk.
Here's more from Charean Williams of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.
Tom Brady was back at practice Thanksgiving morning despite an Achilles' injury that kept him out of Wednesday session.
TB12 was also playing hurt in the kitchen later Thursday as he posted a photo of him preparing Thanksgiving biscuits for his holiday feast.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I wanted to say how much I love and appreciate you all for the support you have given me....Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, November 23, 2017
Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, also took to social media to post photos of the biscuit master and family jumping for joy to celebrate Turkey Day. Tom's rocking the Uggs of course, but watch that sore Achilles'!