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Chris Hogan was back at New England Patriots practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury in Week 8.
He was visibly excited to be back, explaining the emotions of getting back on the field to reporters after practice.
“Today was like the first day of school for me getting back out on the field,” Hogan said, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com. “I was excited to be out there and the competitor in you wants to be out there no matter what. For me, just day-by-day trying to get better and hopefully I can put myself in a position where I can be back on the field with these guys.”
It seems that Hogan is pushing towards the Monday Night contest with the Miami Dolphins, although couldn’t confirm he’ll actually be making his return that night.
Despite the absence of Hogan on the field, the Patriots offense has continued at full throttle, averaging 33 points in the time that he’s been gone. It’s been a major part of the Patriots’ winning streak.
Hogan called it a testament to the depth of the team and the capacity of reserve players to step up and make an impact.
“That is what is great about this team,” he said. “Guys are willing and able to step up and make a lot of plays. You can go down the list of guys who have been able to step up in the last couple of weeks and make a lot of plays to help this team get some really good wins.”
Although it’s obviously by no means sure, if Hogan were to return on Monday Night, it would be huge for the Patriots’ offense who will have to play without tight end Rob Gronkowski for a week due to suspension.