Mankins returns; Haynesworth absent

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Guard Logan Mankins, who missed Wednesday's practice with an injury, returned to Patriots practice on Thursday.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who missed Sunday's game in Buffalo with a back injury, but was a limited participant in Wednesday's session, was not spotted for the media access portion of Thursday's practice.

Also not spotted for a second straight day were defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion), tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back). After practicing in full pads on Wednesday, the team worked out in light shoulder pads on Thursday.