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Chris Hogan considers himself day-to-day, trying to play Monday vs. Dolphins

Ryan Hannable
December 06, 2017 - 5:39 pm

FOXBORO -- Wednesday was a big day for Patriots receiver Chris Hogan.

Hogan returned to the field for the first time since since he injured his shoulder on Oct. 29 against the Chargers. The wide out was present at Patriots practice, which was held inside the Empower Field House in full pads.

“Today was like the first day of school for me getting back out on the field," Hogan said. "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.”

Added Hogan: “It was good. Focused on what is ahead and prepare myself for Miami, Monday night.”

Hogan didn't officially say he was ready to play Monday when asked directly.

“Just day-by-day," he said.

Even without Hogan, the Patriots have won all four games he's missed and the offense scored 30 or more points in three of them.

“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.”

In eight games, Hogan has 33 catches for 438 yards and five touchdowns.

Without Rob Gronkowski, Hogan's return would be welcomed, but with being healthy for the postseason the top priority, the team will make sure he's 100 percent ready before returning to game action.

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