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FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots welcomed back two key members of the offense Monday afternoon, with right tackle Marcus Cannon and running back Sony Michel making their first appearances in three-plus weeks.
Cannon and Michel haven’t been seen in uniform since leaving practice early Aug. 1. Cannon’s ailment has been undisclosed, while Michel had his knee drained, according to ESPN.
There were also three new players at the full-pads session: receiver KJ Maye, running back Kenneth Farrow, and running back Khalfani Muhammad.
Maye, a 2016 undrafted free agent, was on the Giants, Titans, and Patriots practice squads the last two years. Farrow, who also went undrafted in 2016, played for the San Diego Chargers as a rookie but was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury toward the end of the year and spent all of last season on IR before the Chargers waived him in April. Muhammad, a 2017 seventh-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, spent most of last year on the practice squad before Tennessee waived him in April.
Four players were missing: offensive linemen Luke Bowanko and Isaiah Wynn (still not officially on injured reserve with a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury), tight end Ryan Izzo, and linebacker Harvey Langi.
The team officially announced the releases of wide receiver Eric Decker (who announced his retirement Sunday) and veteran safety Eddie Pleasant.
RB Sony Michel and RT Marcus Cannon have returned to #Patriots practice. Three new guys are here. A receiver #19 and two running backs, #27 and #42. pic.twitter.com/KZbBQDdHHk— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) August 27, 2018
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