FOXBORO -- The Patriots participated in a padless walkthough at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, in preparation for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Only one player, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer was missing from the session, and CSNNE's Mike Giardi reports that he will be out for the foreseeable future with not just a back injury, but a foot injury too.
Linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) returned in a limited fashion, but since it was only a walkthrough, we'll see if they participate the rest of the week.
Other notably limited participants were Devin McCourty (shoulder), Patrick Chung (foot), James Ihedigbo (shoulder).
FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.
Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated.
Newly-acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session.
The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.
Tom Brady answers a question from Tom E. Curran on his ability to run for 1st downs on 3rd and 5.