FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots issued their first injury report of the season Monday, and there were three notable takeaways:
1. Running back Travaris Cadet, who injured his hamstring early in training camp and didn't appear in a preseason game, was a full participant. That reflects that he's close to returning to game action. Cadet flashed at times before his injury, showing a knack for catching the ball (he was a receiver at Appalachian State) and his speed was also hard to miss. He should factor into the mix on third down as well. Cadet joins James White (2014 fourth-round pick) and exciting four-year veteran Dion Lewis as one of three pass-catching running backs on the roster.
2. The reason for starting center Bryan Stork's absence from practice has been speculated to be a concussion, and the team confirmed that Monday. Stork has returned to the practice field Saturday, and one report indicated he had passed standard protocol. But he's been absent the last two days, putting his status for the opener in question. If he can't go, undrafted rookie David Andrews and seven-year veteran Ryan Wendell are the top candidates to replace him.
3. Reserve safety Tavon Wilson, who is a core special teams player, was limited in practice with a quad injury. When Wilson is a factor on defense, it's usually in the dime package while playing a linebacker-type role. His primary contributions come on special teams.