The New England Patriots had an extensive practice injury report on Wednesday. Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), linebacker Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) and guard Shaq Mason (non-injury related) all did not practice while 12 players were limited.
Mason returned to New England’s practice on Thursday, according to WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. A second-year lineman from Georgia Tech, Mason has started 4 of the Patriots’ five games this season, most notably setting a key block for Jacoby Brissett’s touchdown run in the Patriots’ Week 3 Thursday Night Football win over the Houston Texans.
Tight end Greg Scruggs was one of the 12 New England players listed as limited on Wednesday. As the locker room opened to the media on Thursday, several beat reporters witnessed Scruggs on crutches. The Patriots listed Scruggs limited with a knee injury on Wednesday.
TE Greg Scruggs (knee) was not present for Thursday's practice. He was seen earlier walking with the aid of crutches.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 13, 2016
The fourth-year tight end signed with the Patriots on Oct. 1 after beginning his NFL career as a defensive lineman. Scruggs switched sides of the ball earlier this summer as a member of the Chicago Bears and only worked out for New England at tight end. He appeared in three games with the Bears this season, but has yet to see the field with the Patriots.
According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the other inactive Patriots from Wednesday’s practice did not participate once again.
Shaq Mason returns to practice. Bolden, Freeny and Scruggs are absent.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 13, 2016
Howe also reported that wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) participated in the team’s positional drills after he only went through New England’s conditioning drills yesterday. The rookie played 25 snaps in the Patriots’ Week 5 win against the Cleveland Browns, four more than Danny Amendola.