FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo returned to practice for the first time on Monday after missing all three joint sessions with the Eagles last week and Friday night's preseason game. He appeared to be limited in the practice, but said he was happy to be back out on the field.
"Feel good," Mayo said. "Feel good. Out there yesterday, ran around a little bit. I feel pretty good."
Mayo wouldn't say if the issue that was keeping him off the field was a health situation or some off-the-field issue. He was spotted in the locker room wearing tape on the back of his left knee, but it's unknown if his knee had anything to do with last week's absences.
Mayo missed most of last season after suffering a torn pectoral against the Saints in Week 6. He said it was frustrating to have to sit out of last week's workouts, but now that he's back to practicing, he said he hopes to slowly work his way up to full speed.
"It'll be a step by step thing," he said. "It'll be like riding a bike. Once I get a couple of plays under my belt, I'll be OK."
Asked if he would play in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, Mayo said "I'm not sure."