Brissett, who underwent surgery on his right thumb in October, practiced Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The QB -- who drew two starts earlier this season -- has had his status officially changed to IR-designated to return and Brissett can now practice for up to 21 days without counting on the Patriots' 53-man roster. Assuming he is added to the team's roster down the road, Brissett will give the team added stretch run/postseason depth at QB behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

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