Patriots-Steelers practice report

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Patriots-Steelers practice report

FOXBORO The bye week certainly healed a number of bumps and bruises for the New England Patriots, evidenced by linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb) being the only player on the injury report unable to practice on Wednesday.

Linebacker Jerod Mayo, who may return to action this week from the knee injury that has sidelined him since the first half of the Oct. 2 game against Oakland, was listed as a limited practice participant.

The full list for both the Patriots and the Steelers:

PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Dane Fletcher (thumb).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Josh Barrett (thumb), CB Leigh Bodden (thumb), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back).

STEELERS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB James Harrison (eye), T Chris Hoke (neck), G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Hines Ward (ankle), LB Jason Worilds (quadricep).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB James Farrior (calf).

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

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Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.