Second-year receiver Aaron Dobson was dressed in uniform Monday and prepared to practice for the first time since New England Patriots training camp opened July 24.
Dobson, who underwent surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot March 10, had opened camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.
"[He's] making good progress," coach Bill Belichick said before practice.
The return of Dobson was one of the top storylines for the Patriots, who are practicing in light shoulder pads and helmets this afternoon in advance of joint practices with the Eagles on Tuesday and Wednesday. Belichick said Tuesday's joint practice with Philadelphia will be in full pads.
He officially came off the PUP list on Monday, but hasn't been cleared for contact yet. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Dobson gives the Patriots more of an outside presence at receiver. A second-round draft choice in 2013, he started nine games last season and finished with 37 receptions for 519 yards and four touchdowns.