By Phil Perry
Patriots practice on Thursday featured appearances by several players who have been out of action for weeks. It appears as though it's all-hands-on-deck for Jets week.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) returned to practice for Thursday's full-pads session, according to reports.
Running back Danny Woodhead (ankle), receiver Julian Edelman (ankle), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (back) were not present.
Hernandez wasn't saying much in the locker room on Thursday, but if he's able to return this weekend, he would be a big add for the Patriots offense as they take on the vaunted Jets secondary. As one of Tom Brady's favorite targets to start the season, Hernandez racked up 14 catches for 165 yard and two touchdowns to start the season before injuring his knee in Week 2 against the Chargers.
Haynesworth hasn't been played in almost two weeks and Wright hasn't practiced since he was concussed against Miami in Week 1.
The complete practice participation list for Thursday:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Julian Edelman (ankle), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back), RB Danny Woodhead (ankle).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (chest), S Josh Barrett (thumbhamstring), CB Leigh Bodden (groin), S Patrick Chung (hand), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), DL Shaun Ellis (knee), LB Gary Guyton (hamstring), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), TE Aaron Hernandez (knee), DL Kyle Love (ankle), DL Mike Wright (concussion).
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Dane Fletcher (thumb).
OUT: WR Logan Payne (wrist), LB Bryan Thomas (Achilles)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Garrett McIntyre (concussion).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: OL Nick Mangold (ankle), LB Calvin Pace (abdomen).
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Plaxico Burress (elbow), DB Antonio Cromartie (ribs), DL Mike DeViyo (shoulder), LB David Harris (toe), DB Eric Smith (tricep), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder).