FOXBORO (CBS) – The New England Patriots practiced for the first time in preparation of Super Bowl XLVI on Thursday, and were without one of their best offensive players.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out Thursday’s practice inside the Dana Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium as he recovers from an ankle injury suffered in the AFC Championship.
Earlier in the day head coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski was making progress, but the team will take it day-to-day with him.
The following 12 players were limited on Thursday:
WR Deion Branch (knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)
Center Dan Connolly (groin) and receiver Matthew Slater (shoulder) were full participants in practice but listed with an injury.
For the Giants, center Davis Bass (neck), linebacker Chase Blackburn (calf), corner Will Blackmon (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), receiver Hakim Nicks (shoulder), corner Corey Webster and linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot) were all absent from their practice on Thursday.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was limited with an ankle/knee injury.
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