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Talib Practices With Patriots; Welker, Mankins Sit Out

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Patriots quarter Aqib Talib practices for the first time with his new team.

Patriots quarter Aqib Talib practices for the first time with his new team.

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BOSTON (CBS) – Corner Aqib Talib practiced with the Patriots for the first time on Wednesday.

Talib, acquired on deadline day from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sported the number-31 as he hit the field with his new team. The Pats practiced outdoors in shells and shorts as they prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette.

Head coach Bill Belichick reiterated the Patriots will try to get Talib caught up in time for Sunday’s game.

“He’s been in here every day. Three days in a row he’s been in here early, working hard, trying to get caught up,” Belichick said prior to practice. “We’ll see how it goes.”

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While Talib practiced, receiver Wes Welker and offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly did not.

Mankins left Sunday’s win over the Bills after suffering an ankle injury in the second half, and was seen in a walking boot following the game. Connolly was listed on the report with a back injury.

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Welker, who has been nursing a sore knee, was listened with an ankle injury.

13 Patriots were limited on Wednesday, including safeties Patrick Chung (hamstring/shoulder) and Steve Gregory (hip), tight ends Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle), linebackers Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) and Brandon Spikes (knee), and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee).

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Tune in to Sunday’s Patriots-Colts game on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV at 4:25pm. Pregame coverage begins with WBZ-TV’s Patriots GameDay at 11:30am, with 98.5′s Patriots Preview beginning at 1pm. Following the game, stick around for three hours of postgame coverage on The Sports Hub, and Patriots 5th Quarter on MyTV38.

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