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FOXBORO (CBS) – A day after the Patriots had perfect attendance at practice for the first time all season, there was one players missing from the field on Wednesday.
Defensive lineman Kyle Love missed practice for a non-injury related reason, with 15 other players limited on Wednesday.
The Patriots will need Love to clog up the middle, and all other running routes, as the Pats get ready to host the Denver Broncos in Saturday’s Divisional Playoff game at Gillette.
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Last time out against the Broncos, the Pats surrendered 252 yards on the ground, something they will look to improve on that this week. Getting both linebacker Brandon Spikes and safety Patrick Chung back will also help, as they missed the Week 15 matchup in Denver.
Tom Brady was the lone Patriot listed with full participation as the team hit the practice field in shorts and shells. On Tuesday, the Patriots practiced in full pads.
The following players were limited on Wednesday:
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
T Matt Light (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)
The Patriots will hit the practice field one more time on Thursday, with a walk-through scheduled for Friday.
Tune in to the Patriots-Broncos playoff game Saturday night at 8pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Pregame coverage begins Saturday at 5pm with Patriots Preview on 98.5, with a special edition of Patriots GameDay on WBZ-TV at 7pm. After the game, stay tuned for Patriots Postgame on The Hub, and Patriots 5th Quarter on WBZ-TV.