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Randy Moss, Julian Edelman And Laurence Maroney Practice Thursday

While the circling helicopter likely only focused its camera on Tom Brady at Thursday's practice, the Patriots also welcomed back onto the field three other key members of their offense. Randy Moss, Julian Edelman and Laurence Maroney were all in action Thursday afternoon.

Moss had missed Wednesday's outing will an illness, while Edelman was making his first appearance at practice since injuring his foot Aug. 19, per ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss.

The return of Moss, Edelman and Maroney are obviously a boost for the Patriots as they prepare for Sunday's season opener against the Bengals. Injuries have been a big part of the team's preseason, but it looks like the club is getting healthier as kickoff approaches.

The Patriots host the Bengals Sunday afternoon in their 2010 season opener.