FOXBOROUGH, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Playoff chances are starting to look slim for the New England Patriots, but the team is looking to bounce back this week, keeping their hopes alive.

This season is not one the Patriots anticipated, but the team will continue to put in the work on the practice field today, gearing up for their next matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Patriots back at it again for another day of practice, just a day before Thanksgiving, the team now looking ahead to their next matchup against Kyler Murray and the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals.

The Patriots are continuing to deal with plenty of injuries this season, including most recently running back Rex Burkhead, who could be facing a season-ending knee injury.

But there is one wide receiver who is making progress and hopefully will be making his way back to the field soon is wide receiver, Julian Edelman.

"I think Julian is heading in the right direction. I spoke to him, and he’s feeling better every day, confident, stronger. We’ll take it day by day," explained head coach Bill Belichick. "When he’s ready to go, we’ll put him out there. But we don’t want to rush it or put him out there, and then there’s a setback, and then we run out of time. So, when he’s ready, he’ll be back out there."

Though Edelman has missed the last four games of the season, Belichick told Western Mass News he's been working extremely hard to get back out there on the field as soon as possible.

Edelman, however, was not on the practice field today, and whether or not he will be playing in Sunday's game will be more of a game-time decision depending on how he's feeling and if they think he's healthy enough.

The Patriots took to the practice field on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. Starting quarterback Cam Newton, who is vegan, told Western Mass News his favorite go-to Thanksgiving dish is post-meal.

"I'm a dessert guy. So whatever mom-dukes whips up. Red rice is always good, something that's a family signature dish," he said. "We got collard greens, but these are catered to the 'veganism' that I eat."

Newton's family, who lives in Georgia, hasn't relocated to Massachusetts. They said they're trying to avoid having to navigate a new place during the pandemic while he's on a one-year contract with the Patriots.

But he told Western Mass News his children and family are making their way up to the Bay State for Thanksgiving, so he's pretty excited about that.

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