Steve Gregory still absent from practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Safety Steve Gregory was again the only absence for the Patriots at the start of Thursday's practice, as he continues to deal with a thumb injury suffered in Week 9 against the Steelers.

Thursday marked the team's second day of practice after returning from a bye weekend. The team's first injury report of the week will be released later Thursday afternoon.

Cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and running back Shane Vereen (wrist) continue to practice, though it remains unclear if either will play Monday night against Carolina. Vereen has not been activated to the 53-man roster, though he is eligible to play Monday for the first time since Week 1. Talib, meanwhile, has missed three straight games due to a hip injury.

Defensive lineman Armond Armstead, currently on the non-football illness list, also did not practice. If he does not begin practicing by the end of this week, he will be placed on injured reserve.

The team practiced in full pads.