BOSTON (CBS) — There was a big-name absence at Patriots practice on Wednesday, but it wasn’t the name most people were expecting.
Shortly after a report surfaced saying the Patriots weren’t expecting Rob Gronkowski to be able to play this coming Sunday, the hulking tight end was on the practice field in full pads with his teammates.
Quarterback Tom Brady, however, was not present.
Brady suffered an apparent leg injury in Week 10 vs. Seattle, one that required pre-practice attention, according to Mike Reiss. But Brady was not on the injury report throughout the week, and he ended up throwing four touchdowns on Sunday, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
The quarterback was officially listed on the injury report Wednesday as having missed practice with a knee injury.
Gronkowski suffered a chest injury, also in Week 10, and missed last week’s game. He was on the injury report as having been a limited participant in practice.
Receiver Chris Hogan, who missed Sunday’s game due to a back injury, was also on the practice field on Wednesday. He was limited.
Other than Brady, Matthew Slater was the only other player absent from Wednesday’s practice. He was sidelined with a foot injury.
The team next takes the field Sunday afternoon at the New York Jets.