FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots returned a familiar face to the field on Thursday, as wide receiver Julian Edelman was lifted from the physically unable to perform list and took part in practice, his first on-field work of training camp.
Edelman was limited this offseason (and unable to take part in OTAs/mini-camp) after suffering a setback in his recovery from a foot injury originally sustained during Week 13 of last season.
The fifth-year player participated in most drills in his debut, looking sharp in both team and individual work.
In addition, rookie receiver Aaron Dobson returned to practice after missing Tuesday's workout, as did running back Brandon Bolden. Rookie defensive lineman Cory Grissom took part in his first training camp practice.
Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who has worked extensively with the starters in camp, was not present for the practice. He left Tuesday's practice early due to an unknown reason.
Cornerback Ras-I Dowling did not finish practice after suffering an unknown injury early on in the session.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm), defensive lineman Armond Armstead (infection) and wide receiver Mark Harrison (foot) did not take part in the practice. Each has yet to suit up in training camp.
The team worked in full pads in the first session since Wednesday's players day off. It also marked the fourth consecutive workout in full pads, as head coach Bill Belichick made the point during pre-practice remarks that now is the time that players should be tested by the rigors of training camp.
The team will return to the field again on Friday afternoon.