FOXBORO (CBS) – The New England Patriots got a few of their defensive players back on the practice field on Wednesday, but were without one of their main offensive linemen.

Albert Haynesworth, Patrick Chung and Ras-I Dowling all returned to practice on Wednesday after missing Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Haynesworth missed the game with a bad back, while Chung had surgery on his thumb earlier in the week. The rookie Dowling was battling a bad hip that forced him to miss the game.

Read: Levan Reid’s Patriots Blog

With those three players returning, guard Logan Mankins was absent from the full pads session. He was listed on the Patriots practice report with an illness.

Along with Mankins, Aaron Hernandez, Sebastian Vollmer, and Mike Wright were all absent. All three missed the game in Buffalo.

Hernandez is expected to miss some time with a strained MCL, but is hopeful he can return to action soon.

Read: Hernandez Taking Things “Day-By-Day”

As for Mankins absense, more light should be shed on the sitaution when the Patriots practice report comes out around 4pm.

Tune in to the Patriots-Raiders game Sunday at 4:15 pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Tune in to Patriots Gameday at 11:30am on WBZ-TV and The Sports Hub’s pregame coverage, beginning at 1:00 pm. After the game tune in to the Postgame show on 98.5, and to Patriots Fifth Quarter on TV38.


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