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NFL rumors: Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas activated from PUP list

NFL rumors: Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas activated from PUP list

FOXBORO — For the second straight day, the Patriots got a big-name receiver back out at practice and in uniform. 

UPDATE (Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 3:59 p.m. ET): ESPN's Mike Reiss reports Demaryius Thomas has been activated from the PUP list. 

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During Tuesday's workout ahead of Thursday's preseason game with the Panthers, receiver Demaryius Thomas was dressed — jersey, shorts, shells, helmet and all — for a more active practice workload for the first time all summer. 

That's an indication that the 31-year-old has been removed from the physically unable to perform list and is eligible to join the 53-man roster for the start of the regular season. 

The Patriots depth chart at wideout is suddenly starting to look a little more crowded. Thomas is joined by Julian Edelman, who was removed from the non-football injury list yesterday, as well as N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Phillip Dorsett and Braxton Berrios. Josh Gordon (NFI) and Cam Meredith (PUP) remain ineligible to practice but were on the fields behind Gillette Stadium Tuesday afternoon and warming up with their teammates. 

We'll dive more deeply into what qualify as reasonable expectations for Thomas coming off of a season-ending Achilles tear last year, but the addition of players with NFL experience to a receiver room that appeared lacking just last week has to be a welcome sight for Tom Brady. 

Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Derek Rivers and Shilique Calhuon weren't spotted at the start of Tuesday's practice. Both suffered injuries on Saturday against the Titans. Reporters also couldn't find Patrick Chung and Michael Bennett on the field during practice — neither of whom played against the Titans in New England's second preseason game. 

The Patriots won't practice Wednesday and then will take on the Panthers Thursday night in Foxboro. 

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Tom Brady laughs off Patriots injury report designation: 'I'm feeling really good'

Tom Brady laughs off Patriots injury report designation: 'I'm feeling really good'

The New England Patriots' Thursday injury report raised some eyebrows as Tom Brady was downgraded to limited in practice. But per usual, the injury designation doesn't seem to be a cause for concern.

In fact, Brady couldn't help but laugh when asked about being listed with elbow and toe ailments. During his Thursday night appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, Brady assured Patriots fans he'll be good to go vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

“That might be the first time my toe’s been on the injury report,” Brady said. “So, you know us Patriots. We’re pretty diligent about listing everything. So, I guess you have to make mention of my toe now, as well.”

As for the elbow issue, Brady dealt with it during last week's game in Houston and is ready to do the same at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

“Isn’t there some HIPAA violation or something like that when I start talking about all of my injuries?” Brady joked. “I’m doing pretty good. I’m doing pretty good. At this time of the year, I’ll take it. I’ll take anything if I’m still able to go out there and feel like I can play my best. I’m feeling really good, really positive about this weekend.”

Kickoff for the much-anticipated Patriots-Chiefs matchup is set for 4:25 p.m., and it sounds like Brady's more than ready for the AFC Championship Game rematch.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: A detailed look at why Tom Brady's time in NE is winding down

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Patriots Talk Podcast: A detailed look at why Tom Brady's time in NE is winding down

For 19 seasons, Tom Brady has been the unquestioned starter at quarterback for the New England Patriots. And for 19 years, he has started every game that he has been healthy for.

But ahead of the 2020 offseason, Brady's status with the organization remains as questionable as ever.

For the first time in his career, the 42-year-old Brady will be set to hit unrestricted free agency. He agreed to a restructured contract with the team this offseason, but it only gave him a pay raise this season and guaranteed that the team couldn't slap him with the franchise tag.

While Brady could return to the Patriots, it's possible that he could choose to go elsewhere if the team doesn't commit to him financially or surround him with better weaponry.

On the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discussed the possibility of Brady leaving. And as Curran pointed out, that topic hasn't been broached with much seriousness despite the fact that free agency is closer than some may realize.

We're talking about a seismic occurrence in the arc of the dynasty that is basically 90 days away. They could come to some kind of conclusion and rectify it and he might finish his career here, but it doesn't smell that way.

It's important to note that nothing is set in stone, and the Brady-Patriots relationship has endured for two decades for a reason. Despite some strain in the relationship at times, things have always been smoothed over. 

That said, there are some quarterback-needy teams that could attempt to lure Brady away from New England in an attempt to put their team over the top. Curran and Perry identified a few different options on the podcast, one of which was the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hear more from Curran and Perry on the latest episode of "The Patriots Talk Podcast," which drops every Tuesday and Thursday as a part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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