New England Patriots running back James White returned to practice Wednesday. White, 28, missed the team’s previous two games after his father died in a car crash Sept. 20. White’s mother was also involved in the crash, and was listed in critical condition.
The crash occurred just hours before the Patriots’ Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. White did not play in that game, and missed all of last week — including the team’s Week 3 game against the Las Vegas Raiders — to be with his family.
When practice opened Wednesday, White was on the field with his teammates.
Both Damien Harris and Gunner Olszewski — who were placed on Injured Reserve in September — also returned to practice.
Patriots sent messages of support to James White
The Patriots and a number of other NFL players sent messages of support to White following his loss. Prior to New England’s Week 2 game, the team and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted out support for White. The Patriots told White they loved him during a team celebration during the contest.
While White remained mostly quiet while away from the team, he also sent out a touching Instagram message on his son’s birthday. White posted a picture of himself holding his son next to a picture of White’s father holding White when White was a baby.
White’s presence at practice Wednesday suggests he’ll be available to play in the team’s Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. With a win, the Patriots would improve to 3-1 on the season.
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