BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots hit the practice field on Wednesday, which marks a major improvement upon last week. Better yet, the team welcomed back a number of players who had been out.

At the top of that list were David Andrews and Shaq Mason. Andrews spent the last three weeks on IR with a broken thumb, while Mason was placed on the COVID-19 list over the weekend. Their returns should help the patchwork offensive line in a big way, provided both will be able to play on Sunday vs. San Francisco.

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Also returning from IR were rookie linebacker Josh Uche and defensive lineman Beau Allen, while defensive end Derek Rivers and defensive tackle Byron Cowart were activated off the COVID-19 list as well.

Uche had been on IR with a foot injury. Allen — a free-agent signing in the offseason — had been on IR since the start of the season, after missing all of training camp due to an undisclosed injury.

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The Patriots are coming off a loss at home to the Denver Broncos, dropping their record to 2-3. They’ll host Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.