A few familiar faces were back on the practice field for the New England Patriots on Wednesday afternoon.

Dont’a Hightower, Danny Amendola, and Matthew Slater were all back at practice on Wednesday after missing the past game in New Orleans over the weekend due to injuries.  Hightower was nursing a knee injury, while Amendola was dealing with a concussion and Slater had a hamstring problem.

While there were some returns, both Marcus Cannon and running back Rex Burkhead were absent from practice.  Rob Gronkowski who left the contest versus the Saints was also a participant in drills.

The New England Patriots will host the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon and you can hear live coverage of the action on Sport Radio 92.9 The Ticket starting at 10 a.m.