BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots hit the practice field for the first time during their Super Bowl bye week on Thursday, but Rob Gronkowski was not present.
The tight end was one of three players missing from the session, which was held on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium. In addition to Gronk, defensive linemen Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) and Malcom Brown (foot) were also DNPs on Thursday’s practice report.
Gronkowski left Sunday’s AFC Championship Game win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half with a concussion and was put into the league’s concussion protocol.
Quarterback Tom Brady also returned to the practice report, as he was limited in Thursday’s session. Brady was back to wearing two gloves for the session, which he did last week in the days after he suffered a cut on his throwing hand. So it appears the 12 stitches on his right hand haven’t been removed just yet.
But unlike last week, the quarterback was seen throwing passes on Thursday.
Safety Devin McCourty was also added to Thursday’s practice report, limited with a shoulder injury. Running back Mike Gillislee and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle were both limited with a knee injury.
The Patriots will practice again on Friday in Foxboro, before departing for Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on Monday morning.