Lots of players return at Patriots practice Wednesday, including David Andrews

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FOXBOROUGH -- It was an eventful Wednesday at Patriots practice with a number of players returning from injured reserve as well as the COVID list.

David Andrews, Beau Allen and Josh Uche all returned from injured reserve, and then Derek Rivers, Byron Cowart and Shaq Mason all returned from the COVID list. Rivers and Mason likely were close contacts and did not test positive.

Three players were missing, including James White, Jermaine Eluemunor and James Ferentz (COVID list). It appears Ferentz is the only player still on the COVID list.

Having Andrews and Mason back is great news for the Patriots offensive line, while this is the first real practice as a member the Patriots for Allen, who missed all of the summer. Allen will give the team some much needed depth along the defensive line.

The Patriots will practice Thursday and Friday before hosting the 49ers on Sunday afternoon. The first injury report of the week is due out later in the day.