FOXBORO -- Malcolm Mitchell was back at Patriots practice on Thursday after sitting out all of last week's workouts due to a knee injury. The rookie receiver appeared to be hobbled after making a reception against the Jets in the third quarter of his team's Week 16 victory, and he was not active for the regular-season finale in Miami.
With Mitchell back in the fold, the Patriots now have five receivers to work with: Mitchell, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Michael Floyd. Amendola returned to practice on Thursday after missing every practice and game since injuring his ankle in a Week 13 win over the Rams.
Will all five wideouts make the game-day roster when the Patriots host the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Jan. 14? That remains to be seen. In all likelihood, how the Patriots use their wideouts will depend on matchups and the overall health of all five players.
It would be possible that all five would dress, however. They each bring individual skill sets to the table, and in the case of Amendola and Edelman, there is some special-teams value within the position group as well. Activating all five may mean that multiple corners -- perhaps both Justin Coleman and Cyrus Jones -- or a back-up/special-teams contributor like Matt Lengel or Geneo Grissom may be forced out of the lineup in order to accomodate all five receivers.
Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out of Wednesday's on-the-field work. Cyrus Jones, who has been dealing with a knee issue since last week, and Alan Branch were not spotted during the media-availability portion of the session.
Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.