BOSTON (CBS) — Less than 24 hours after being claimed off waivers by the Patriots, Martellus Bennett is already on the practice field.

The former Packers tight end, who was waived on Wednesday before being claimed on Thursday, was spotted during the warm-up portion of the Patriots’ Friday practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. ESPN’s Mike Reiss noted that Bennett’s appearance confirms he passed his physical with the team, despite reportedly having a torn rotator cuff.

The Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels and NESN’s Zack Cox provided photo and video evidence:

Bennett’s presence at practice confirms that he will at least attempt to play through his shoulder injuries. The Packers originally waived the tight end, who announced earlier in 2017 that he would retire after the end of the season, with the “failure to report an injury” designation.

As for absences, the same three players who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday were out again: receiver Chris Hogan, right tackle Marcus Cannon, and defensive tackle Malcom Brown. All three are unlikely to play on Sunday against the Broncos in Denver.

The Patriots will release their final injury report on Friday afternoon.

Tune into the Patriots and Broncos on “Sunday Night Football” starting with pregame coverage at 5:30 on 98.5 The Sports Hub!


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