Patriots happy to have James White back at practice


Gunner Olszewski and Damien Harris weren't the only key members of the Patriots to return to practice on Wednesday.

Running back James White returned after 10 days away from the team following the tragic death of his father in a car accident that left his mother in critical condition.

“It was awesome, man," defensive captain Devin McCourty said. "And I think just having him around us, from a selfish standpoint, I think we love. We love having him around and ultimately we want him to do was best, you know, for him and his family.

"And, you know, I know just with, a lot of you guys know when you go through different things, it's a good feeling sometimes just to be back in a normal setting back with a bunch of people who care about you and being able to lean on that support. So we were excited knowing he was coming back this week and having a back in the locker room, being able to catch up with him and laugh and have some good times with James is great. We look forward to him just being back with us."

Stephon Gilmore echoed what McCourty said.

"Great teammate, you know, great guy, hard worker," he said. "Happy to have him back. Prayers to his situation. You know, happy to have him back. You know, it's always good to have one of your brothers back on the football field. It's a brotherhood and we go out and fight for each other. So happy to have him back."

White has missed the last two games.