BOSTON (CBS) — On Monday, officially Julian Edelman returned to action. On Tuesday, it was Demaryius Thomas’ turn.

The veteran receiver was present and wearing shoulder pads and a helmt on the practice field on Tuesday for the first time all summer. Thomas has spent his practice days rehabbing as he recovers from a torn Achilles suffered last December.

Thomas, 31, caught 59 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Broncos and Texans before suffering the injury. The 6-foot-3 receiver who has 688 career receptions signed with the Patriots in April.

While Tuesday’s step if a positive one, there’s still uncertainty whenever any player returns from a torn Achilles. Thomas’ former teammate, Emmanuel Sanders, played in the Broncos’ preseason game on Monday night. Sanders suffered a torn Achilles in early December last year, a few weeks prior to Thomas’ injury.

The Patriots’ depth chart at receiver includes Edelman, Thomas, N’Keal Harry, Josh Gordon, Jakobi Meyers, Maurice Harris, Phillip Dorsett and Braxton Berrios.

The Patriots get back to action in the preseason with a game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, and WBZ-TV has you covered from start to finish. It begins with Patriots All-Access at 7 p.m., followed by the game at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned after the game for Patriots Fifth Quarter for all reaction, analysis and postgame press conferences.


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