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Free agent reset: Looking at Patriots players set to hit open market 03.09.16 at 1:46 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount would like to return to New England next season. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount would like to return to New England next season. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

With free agency set to kick off officially at 4 p.m. Wednesday, here’s a reminder of which ones of the Patriots are set to hit the market.

It’s worth noting a few players likely do not have a chance of returning to New England, as Scott Chandler, Brandon LaFell, Darius Fleming and Leonard Johnson were all released by the team. Also, Brandon Gibson, Brian Tyms and Sealver Siliga indicated they will not be returning on social media recently.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell: It was a tough year for Wendell as he was put on injured reserve in early November after playing in just two games. He missed most of training camp with a mysterious illness. The 30-year-old has played all seven of his seasons with the Patriots and was voted a team captain this past season. It would seem the Patriots would be open for Wendell returning, as he would give the interior line some much needed experience.

Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks: Hicks may be the biggest of the Patriots’ free agents and he has received a lot of interest around the league this week. Chris Price reports the Patriots are one of 11 teams to reach out to the defensive tackle who was traded to the Patriots early on last season from the Saints. Hicks made an impact on the defensive line, but he may be too pricey to keep, especially with the team already having Dominique Easley, Malcom Brown, Alan Branch and Chris Jones already under contract for next year.

Running back LeGarrette Blount: This past season ended early for the running back as he was played on injured reserve with a hip issue. He ended the 2015 campaign with 165 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns. In his three total seasons with New England (with a stop in Pittsburgh in between), he has 378 carries for 1,756 yards and 16 touchdowns. On Periscope Wednesday morning, Blount indicated he would like to return to the Patriots. The team certainly will be looking at other free agent running backs as well.

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Patriots officially activate Bryan Stork from injured reserve, place Ryan Wendell on season-ending IR 11.07.15 at 4:59 pm ET
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Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

After missing the first seven games of the season, Bryan Stork is ready to make his debut on Sunday.

The second-year center, who suffered a strained neck and concussion symptoms late in the preseason, was activated off the injured reserve list on Saturday in time to be active for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

Stork was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return on Sept. 9, prior to the first game of the season.

Stork will be taking the spot of offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who appeared on the injury report this week with a knee injury. Wendell missed the first five games of the season with an illness.

Wendell, 29, is in his seventh season with the Patriots after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Fresno State in 2008. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder, spent his 2008 season and part of the 2009 season on the practice squad and has played and started at three different positions along the offensive line, left guard, center and right guard.

Wendell, who was named a team captain prior to the start of the season, has played in 79 games with 49 starts in the regular season and 12 postseason games with seven starts.

Stork played in 13 games last season as a rookie. Stork’s activation will likely bump David Andrews from the center spot. Andrews started all seven games at center in Stork’s absence.

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Report: Pats will put OL Ryan Wendell on IR to make room for return of C Bryan Stork at 1:24 pm ET
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Ryan Wendell

Ryan Wendell

The Patriots are expected to place veteran offensive lineman Ryan Wendell on season-ending injured reserve Saturday to make room for the return of second-year center Bryan Stork, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It would bring a disappointing season to an end for Wendell, who struggled with health throughout the spring and summer. The 29-year-old Wendell has played in just two games this year after suffering from an undisclosed illness, as well as a knee issue.

On the other hand, the return of Stork is a welcome addition. The 24-year-old, who was placed on injured reserve/designated for return after the season opener against the Steelers with a concussion, played in 13 games last season as a rookie. In his place, New England has utilized rookie David Andrews at the center spot.

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Ryan Wendell again inactive for Patriots against Cowboys, Aaron Dobson also sits 10.11.15 at 2:57 pm ET
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Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ryan Wendell will have to wait at least another week to make his 2015 debut.

The veteran offensive lineman made the trip and did some pregame running and stretch on the field in Dallas but was kept out for a fourth straight game. There was some speculation that the interior offensive lineman might make his debut this week after he fully participated in all four practices this week, coming back from an undisclosed illness.

Also inactive is receiver Aaron Dobson, who is missing his first game of the season. Dobson caught just one pass for five yards against Jacksonville two weeks ago and has nine catches for 101 yards on the season. Dobson appeared to have a breakout game against the Bills on Sept. 20, when he matched a career-high with seven catches for 87 yards against the Bills.

The other five inactives are linebackers Rufus Johnson and Jon Bostic, safety Tavon Wilson, defensive linemen Khyri Thornton and Trey Flowers.

Defensive back Brandon King and newly acquired defensive end Akiem Hicks are both active and making their Patriots debuts. King was activated from the practice squad on Saturday to take the spot of the released Bradley Fletcher while Hicks was acquired during the bye week in the trade of tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

For the Cowboys, linebacker Sean Lee was cleared from his concussion last Sunday night in New Orleans and is active for the game.

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Fletcher, Flowers questionable for Patriots against Cowboys 10.09.15 at 4:19 pm ET
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Bradley Fletcher

Bradley Fletcher

The Patriots have just four players on the final injury report of the week, it was revealed Friday afternoon, with only cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) and defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) listed as questionable coming into Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

After perfect attendance at practice the last few days, it was also interesting to see that veteran offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who has been dealing with what the team is calling an illness (which has kept him sidelined for the start of the 2015 season), has been upgraded to probable for this weekend.

Here’s the full injury report:

Questionable
CB Bradley Fletcher (hamstring — limited participation)
DL Trey Flowers (knee — limited participation)

Probable
CB Tarell Brown (foot — full participation)
OL Ryan Wendell (illness — full participation)

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Patriots complete perfect week of attendance at practice at 12:10 pm ET
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Chandler Jones (95), Dominique Easley (99) and Devin McCourty (32) stretch before practice Friday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Chandler Jones (95), Dominique Easley (99) and Devin McCourty (32) stretch before practice Friday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The Patriots had a successful week of practice, at least from a participation point of view.

For a fourth straight practice, the Patriots had perfect attendance on Friday in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium. The Patriots had a rare Monday workout on the field after the bye week, giving them four practices for the week.

The biggest news for the Patriots has been the participation of veteran interior offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who hasn’t played this season because of illness.

Bill Belichick was asked Wednesday what it would take for Wendell to appear in a game for the first time this season.

“We’€™ll evaluate it,” he said Wednesday. “That’€™s what practice is for. That’€™s what preparation is for.”

Wendell has been listed as a full participant all week in practice, with the final injury report expected out later Friday afternoon.

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Thursday injury report: Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) limited for Patriots, Sean Lee (concussion) returns for Dallas 10.08.15 at 4:05 pm ET
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Bradley Fletcher

Bradley Fletcher

In an indication that he is likely to return from a concussion suffered just last Sunday night, starting linebacker Sean Lee returned to Cowboys practice on Thursday. Lee was listed as limited in participation after missing Wednesday.

Lee’s return affirms the hopes of team executive vice president Stephen Jones, who said on Monday he was hopeful Lee would be able to play Sunday against the Patriots and indicates the linebacker cleared league-mandated concussion protocol.

For the Patriots, cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) was an addition to the report on Thursday after fully participating on Wednesday. Fletcher was a healthy scratch and did not play against the Jaguars in Week 3.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (illness) was again a full participant, as he practiced for a third time in four days. He hasn’t played in a game this season but the continued practice is a good sign of his possible return on Sunday in Dallas.

Cornerback Tarell Brown (foot) and defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee/shoulder) were again limited.

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