FOXBORO -- Safety Steve Gregory was the only Patriots player missing from the media availability portion of Thursday's practice.
Gregory was also not seen on the field during Tuesday's practice, which was the team's first since last week's bye. The 30-year-old suffered a thumb injury in New England's 55-31 win over the Steelers in Week 9. Rookie safety Duron Harmon took Gregory's place following the injury and would likely be the Patriots fill-in alongside safety Devin McCourty if Gregory can't play against the Panthers on Monday night.
All other Patriots were present in the sweats-and-shells practice held on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium, including Shane Vereen and Aqib Talib. Vereen is eligible to return to game action from injured reserve against Carolina after injuring his wrist in Week 1 versus Buffalo. Talib suffered a hip injury in Week 6 against the Saints and has missed the team's last three games.
Neither defensive tackle Armond Armstead nor receiver Mark Harrison was seen at practice. Both are on the reserve/non-football injury list and their deadline to return to practice is this week.