BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots are mere days away from taking on the Green Bay Packers on national TV, but they were without Rob Gronkowski during their preparations on Thursday.

The tight end did not participate in Thursday’s practice, which adds some intrigue to his availability this week. He played on Monday night in Buffalo one week after sitting out vs. Chicago due to a back issue.

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Gronkowski was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice session due to ankle and back ailments. He spoke to the media on Wednesday as well, but ended that session abruptly after taking a question about his confidence level.

Right guard Shaq Mason was also absent on Thursday. He missed Wednesday’s session due to a calf injury that forced him to exit Monday night’s game early.

Receiver Julian Edelman, who missed Wednesday’s practice due to illness, did return to the practice field on Thursday.

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The full injury report from Thursday is below:


LB Nicholas Grigsby, Illness
TE Rob Gronkowski, Ankle/Back
G Shaq Mason, Calf
OL Brian Schwenke, Foot

P Ryan Allen, Left Ankle
OT Trent Brown, Ankle
OT Marcus Cannon, Concussion
LS Joe Cardona, Shoulder
WR Julian Edelman, Ankle
WR Josh Gordon, Hamstring
DL Geneo Grissom, Ankle
LB Dont’a Hightower, Knee
TE Jacob Hollister, Hamstring
RB Sony Michel, Knee
DE John Simon, Shoulder

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DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (Illness)