Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Talib and Amendola present at practice
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) were present at practice on Wednesday, conducted in full pads on the fields outside of Gillette Stadium. Meanwhile, veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) and running back Leon Washington (ankle) were again not spotted.
Talib sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday of last week before returning to practice on a limited basis on Friday, though he was unable to suit up for the team's game against the Jets. In five games this season, Talib has recorded four interceptions and has established himself as arguably the most important defender on the team's active roster.
Amendola, meanwhile, was back on the field for the first time since a big hit taken back in Week 6 that forced him to miss his fourth game this season. In order to return to game action, he must pass the NFL's concussion testing protocol. He has 16 catches for 159 yards in three games played this season.
Kelly's absence from practice continues for the third straight week, as he was injured in the team's Week 5 game against the Bengals. In his absence, the team has relied on rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones as primary starters. Washington, who was also injured in Week 5, has been limited to just two games this season.
Newly acquired defensive end Andre Carter, wearing number 96, was present for practice, as was practice squad pick-up Sealver Siliga, wearing number 71.