Well, this is encouraging.
Perfect attendance at Patriots practice. Kelly and Washington are back. Vereen is on the field, too. Sweats/shells. Sopoaga wearing #90.
— Michael Whitmer (@GlobeWhitmer) October 30, 2013
The biggest name of that list is Vereen, who hasn't played since breaking his wrist Week One against the Bills. Vereen was put on injured reserve with a designation to return, mandating that he must miss at least six weeks of practice and at least eight games. Sunday's contest with the Steelers will mark the eighth game without Vereen, putting the explosive running back on track to return following next week's bye week (Week 11, Monday Night against the surprising Panthers).
Vereen's expected return should bring a boost to the struggling Patriots offense. Without Vereen (and the departed Danny Woodhead), the Patriots have been forced to turn to Brandon Bolden as their passing down back. Bolden has struggled while fighting through a knee injury and hasn...