The banged-up New England Patriots received a bit of positive news when two injured mainstays participated in practice Wednesday.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola and cornerback Aqib Talib were on the field, but both were limited.
Amendola missed Sunday's loss to the New York Jets with a concussion. He also is dealing with a groin injury. Talib sat out Sunday because of a hip injury.
According to multiple media reports, Talib was not wearing thigh pads for the full-pad drills, possibly a sign the hip remains a problem. He also practiced Friday before missing Sunday's game.
Amendola is awaiting medical clearance as part of the NFL's concussion protocol before he can resume game action. The groin ailment kept him out of three games earlier this season. In three games this year, Amendola has 16 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns.
New to practice was defensive end Andre Carter, who signed with the Patriots on Tuesday. Carter played for New England in 2011, then spent last season with the Oakland Raiders.