Brandon Lloyd returned to practice for the New England Patriots on Wednesday, according to Christopher Price of WEEI.com. Head coach Bill Belichick never revealed the reason for Lloyd's absence. The wide receiver was held without a reception during the Pats' preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Analysis: Belichick's lack of detail is by no means unusual, nor should it be worrisome. It'd be nice to know if Lloyd was suffering from something that could linger, but at the same time there does not appear to be anything serious going on. Lloyd was shut out Thursday, but so was Welker. The Pats' first-team offense never really got going for the few series it was actually on the field. Lloyd should be fine, and could potentially be great within a pass-happy system. He fits the mold of a downfield threat in ways that Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski don't.