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.

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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.

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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.

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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.