FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots received a boost on the injury front with the return of safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back Stevan Ridley at Friday's full-pads practice. All three players had been sidelined in recent weeks but their return signals the likelihood that they will be ready for the Sept. 9 season opener at Tennessee.
In addition, linebacker Tracy White, one of the club’s top special teams players, was also back. He did not play in a preseason game.
The practice was held five hours before teams are required to reduce rosters from 75 to 53 players, so some players on the field will be released later tonight. Among those not present were quarterback Brian Hoyer, center Dan Koppen, safety James Ihedigbo, receiver Deion Branch, linebacker Aaron Lavarias and defensive back Derrick Martin. The Patriots have made moves with all six of those players, according to sources and reports.
In addition, receiver Jesse Holley, safety Sergio Brown, tight end Tyler Urban and defensive lineman Marcus Harrison were not spotted at practice. Considering all those players were either on the roster bubble or considered long shots, it is possible they have already been informed of their release.
Finally, players not spotted due to presumed health-related issues were running backs Shane Vereen and Jeff Demps, offensive lineman Nick McDonald, defensive tackle Kyle Love, offensive tackles Sebastian Vollmer and Matt Kopa, linebacker Niko Koutouvides and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.