Cassel Practices in San Jose After Father's Death

Patriots star should play against the Raiders

Matt Cassel has returned to practice with the New England Patriots after missing Wednesday's workouts following his father's death.

Cassel took part in stretches and throwing drills during the portion of practice open to reporters at San Jose State, where the Patriots are training between road games in Seattle and Oakland. He briefly left the team after his father, Greg, died Monday night in the Los Angeles area.

Cassel has steadily improved since taking over for Tom Brady in the season opener, passing for 3,052 yards and 14 touchdowns. New England (8-5) is in a three-way tie with Miami and the New York Jets for the AFC East lead.

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