BOSTON (CBS) – For the second straight day, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and nose tackle Vince Wilfork were limited in team’s practice for non injury related reasons.
The Patriots practice participation/injury report for Thursday was identical to Wednesday’s, with 15 players limited and two players missing.
Safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot) were absent for the second straight day as they battle back from injuries. This is the week many projected a Chung return, but his absences in practice could bring that to a halt. If he suits up on Friday, which he has in weeks past, there is a chance he could still hit the field on a Sunday for the first time since the beginning of November.
Here is the list of Patriots limited on Thursday:
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
QB Tom Brady (non injury related)
WR Deion Branch (groin)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julien Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
WR/S Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
RB Shane Vereen (hamstring)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
C Ryan Wendell (calf)
DL Vince Wilfork (non injury related)
RB Danny Woodhead (abdomen)
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The team also announced the release of defensive back Malcolm Williams, who was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian. He was originally released by the Pats in late August and then spent two stints on the New England practice squad.
Williams was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad last Saturday, and saw action on special teams against the Redskins.
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