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WR Kenbrell Thompkins was a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh prior to the bye. But the knee injury that caused New England to release veteran Austin Collie could push the rookie pass catcher back into the game day mix in the passing game.
DE Rob Ninkovich was on the field with his teammates for practice on Tuesday following the bye. The defensive co-captain limped off with a foot injury against Pittsburgh prior to the bye and could not finish that game, but appears to have avoided extended injury.
Ryan Mallett has yet to step on the field this season. The third-year New England backup has played just four games in his two-plus seasons, throwing a mere four passes. But as many teams have learned this season, the backup is one injury away in a league where injuries are happening at an alarming rate.
RB Shane Vereen (wrist) is expected to return from injured reserve on Monday night in Carolina. As such New England will need to make a subsequent roster move to make room for the third-down back on the 53-man roster.
WR LaQuan Williams, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun, is being sued relating to an altercation that took place outside a strip club this past June when he was still a member of the Ravens. Though he was not charged with a crime, the suit accuses Williams of assault and battery. The suit was filed by two security workers from the club.
S Duron Harmon could see an increased role against the Panthers with Steve Gregory missing practice this week with a broken right thumb. Harmon has seen increased reserve action in recent weeks, but the third-round pick out of Rutgers could very well make his first career start in Carolina assuming that Gregory can't go.
S Steve Gregory (thumb) was the only Patriots player missing from the media viewing period of practice Tuesday, New England's first workout after returning from the bye week break. Gregory suffered a reported broken right thumb in the pre-bye win over Pittsburgh and could miss a couple weeks with the injury.