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Martellus Bennett (ankle) misses practice, among 7 questionable, Jamie Collins, Brandon Bolden full go 10.28.16 at 5:05 pm ET
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Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO — One half of the dynamic duo of Patriots tight ends is suddenly a big question to play Sunday in Buffalo.

Martellus Bennett was in the locker room Friday getting dressed but sporting a white plastic brace on his right ankle as he got up to leave.

Bennett was spotted Friday leaving practice as the team was beginning stretching exercises before practice. Bennett initially injury his right ankle when he fell awkwardly on a red zone play in the first quarter of the game against Cleveland Oct. 9.

He kept playing in that game and caught Tom Brady’s first three touchdown passes of the season. Then he served mainly as a blocking tight end in wins over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Bennett, who was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before missing practice Friday, has just six catches on seven targets in the last two weeks for 53 yards and no touchdowns.

In another development, linebacker Jamie Collins (hip) and Brandon Bolden (knee) were removed from the injury report and are execpted to be available for the game. Nickel corner Jonathan Jones was also added to the injury report Friday, as he was limited with a hip injury.

For the Bills, safety Aaron Williams (neck) and receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) have been ruled out while running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is doubtful.

Here is Friday’s complete Patriots practice report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) QUESTIONABLE

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

CB Jonathan Jones (hip) QUESTIONABLE
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
DL Vincent Valentine (back) QUESTIONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (foot) QUESTIONABLE

Read More: Brandon Bolden, Buffalo Bills, Jamie Collins, LeSean McCoy
3 up, 3 down following Patriots 27-16 win over Steelers 10.23.16 at 7:39 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

At first glance, here’s a quick look at who’s up and who’s down for the Patriots after their win over the Steelers Sunday in Pittsburgh.

3 UP
Running back LeGarrette Blount: The big running back returned to face his old team, and ran with a purpose for much of the afternoon. He finished with two touchdowns while adding 24 carries for 127 yards. It was the 13th career 100-yard game for Blount.

Quarterback Tom Brady: The veteran was sizzling out of the gate, connecting on his first nine passes without an incompletion. He wasn’t as hot the rest of the way — he finished 19-for-26 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns — but it was still good enough to lead the New England offense to another strong outing.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski: It took a while to get him cranked up — he wasn’t targeted on New England’s first scoring drive — but Gronkowski finished with four catches for 93 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. His touchdown allowed him to tie Stanley Morgan for the team’s all-time touchdown reception mark.

3 DOWN
Running back Brandon Bolden: The backup back and special teams ace dropped a pass that would have gone for a first down. In addition, he committed a special teams gaffe that meant a punt that would have been downed inside the Pittsburgh 5-yard line was a touchback instead.

Cornerback Eric Rowe: He was in coverage on the Steelers first touchdown, a ball that as lofted by Pittsburgh quarterback Landry Jones for Darrius Hayward-Bey that made it 14-7. He got turned around on the play.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: The veteran missed his second extra-point attempt of the season. (You could also put Julian Edelman here, as he had a bad drop on a pass play that would have gone for a first down — a play that was later negated by a penalty — and he later muffed a punt.)

Read More: Brandon Bolden, Eric Rowe, LeGarrette Blount, Stephen Gostkowski
Brandon Bolden not spotted at Friday Patriots practice 10.21.16 at 12:28 pm ET
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Brandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden

FOXBORO — Brandon Bolden was the only player standing between the Patriots and three straight days of perfect attendance at practice in advance of their Sunday showdown with the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

The running back and special teams core member was not spotted at shorts and shells practice on the upper grass fields Friday, after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bolden injured his knee against the Bills on Oct. 2 and has missed the last two games.

Practice squad linebacker Trevor Reilly, who replaced wide receiver Shaq Evans, was at practice for a second straight day. Reilly had played 29 games over the last two seasons with the Jets.

Dion Lewis, Tre’ Jackson and Sebastian Vollmer (all still on PUP) were again absent from the session. They did not practice at all this week. The PUP players could begin practicing again next week and then have 21 days to be activated to the active roster. They have until Week 11 to start practicing.

The Patriots play the Steelers at Heinz Field at 4:25 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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Jamie Collins (hip) added to Patriots injury report; 12 players limited Thursday 10.13.16 at 4:47 pm ET
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Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — Like last week, another star Patriots player has shown up on the injury report mid-week.

This week it’s linebacker Jamie Collins, who was listed as limited in Thursday’s session with a hip injury. Collins was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

Shaq Mason returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s because of a non-injury, while tight end Greg Scruggs, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Jonathan Freeny missed Thursday’s session.

There were a total of 12 players listed as limited, which is certainly something to watch going into Sunday’s meeting with the Bengals at Gillette Stadium.

Here is the complete practice report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
TE Greg Scruggs (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB LeGarrette Blount (hip)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
OL Joe Thuney (shoulder)
DT Vincent Valentine (back)

Read More: Brandon Bolden, Jamie Collins, Jonathan Freeny, Shaq Mason
Shaq Mason among 3 players missing from Patriots practice 10.12.16 at 1:37 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Three players were missing from Patriots practice Wednesday afternoon.

Offensive lineman Shaq Mason, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Jonathan Freeny were all absent from the session. Bolden missed Sunday’s game against the Browns, Freeny has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but it’s unclear why Mason was missing.

The Patriots did get good news with defensive lineman Vincent Valentine and linebacker Shea McClellin returning. Both players missed last week’s game in Cleveland.

Chris Barker, D.J. Foster, AJ Derby, Eric Rowe, Geneo Grissom and Vinnie Sunseri wore black jerseys to signify they were practice players of the week last week.

Read More: Brandon Bolden, Jonathan Freeny, Shaq Mason,
LeGarrette Blount (hip) among 8 Patriots limited at Wednesday practice 10.05.16 at 5:06 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

FOXBORO — Although Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich returned to Patriots practice Wednesday, it wasn’t all good news for the team.

Linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), running back Brandon Bolden (knee) and defensive lineman Vincent Valentine (back) all didn’t practice.

In addition, there were eight players limited, including LeGarrette Blount (hip) and Joe Thuney (shoulder). Both of which are new injuries.

Here is the complete Patriots practice report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

RB LeGarrette Blount (hip)
QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb)
OL Marcus Cannon (calf)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
OL Joe Thuney (shoulder)

Read More: Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount, Shea McClellin, Vincent Valentine
Tom Brady back at Patriots practice; Jimmy Garoppolo shows improvement at 1:17 pm ET
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FOXBORO — He’s officially back.

For the first time this week, Tom Brady was spotted at Gillette Stadium as he was present at Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s game in Cleveland against the Browns. Also, back was Rob Ninkovich, who like Brady was suspended the first four weeks.

Players missing from the session included Shea McClellin, Brandon Bolden and Vincent Valentine.

Bolden injured his ankle and Valentine injured his back in Sunday’s loss to the Bills, while McClellin’s absence is worth monitoring as he wasn’t on the injury report last week and the Patriots need a roster spot by this weekend for Brady and Ninkovich.

Also, Jimmy Garoppolo was throwing passes. In the short period the media was able to see practice, his throws looked more crisp and had tighter spirals than last week. Meanwhile, Jacoby Brissett didn’t attempt any.

Here is video of one of Brady’s passes.

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