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Alan Branch, Chandler Jones not spotted at Patriots practice 10.30.14 at 12:17 pm ET
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Alan Branch could provide depth for a New England defensive line that has been thinned by injury. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Alan Branch could provide depth for a New England defensive line that has been thinned by injury. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

One day after making his Patriots’ debut on the practice field, defensive tackle Alan Branch was not spotted at the start of Patriots practice, according to multiple reports.

Branch, a defensive lineman, officially signed on Wednesday morning — this after being spotted in the Patriots locker room last week. According to Pro Football Talk, Branch had his pending DUI case resolved, avoiding potential suspension by the NFL under the new substance abuse policy. Branch did not appear at all on Wednesday’s official injury report released by the team.

Also missing was Chandler Jones, out indefinitely with a hip injury. Jones has not practiced since injuring his hip against the Jets on Oct. 16.

Fellow newcomer Jonathan Casillas, a linebacker, was again at practice as he tries to assimilate the Patriots defensive system in time to be useful against the Broncos this Sunday. He was traded to the Patriots from the Buccaneers Tuesday at the trade deadline.

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Alan Branch, Jonathan Casillas make Patriots practice debuts; Chandler Jones still missing 10.29.14 at 12:24 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Newcomers Alan Branch and Jonathan Casillas wasted no time joining their new team on the practice field as both were present at Wednesday’s practice held in shorts and shells on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

Branch, a defensive lineman, officially signed on Wednesday morning — this after being spotted in the Patriots locker room last week. Casillas, a linebacker, was traded to the Patriots from the Buccaneers Tuesday at the trade deadline.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers switched from No. 52 to No. 55, while Casillas took over No. 52. Branch wore No. 97.

Chandler Jones was once again missing, as his hip injury is expected to keep him out about six weeks.

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Report: Chandler Jones (hip) may not return this season, out at least 6 weeks 10.25.14 at 1:49 pm ET
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Chandler Jones faces another sizable challenge Sunday night. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Chandler Jones faces another sizable challenge Sunday night. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The news is not getting better on Chandler Jones.

According to a report from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots’ leading edge pass rusher will be out for at least six weeks with a hip injury, and could be done for the season.

Jones injured the hip in the 27-25 win over the Jets on Oct. 16 at Gillette Stadium. Howe cites a source that indicates the Patriots are “not optimistic” that Jones could return sooner than later based on an initial diagnosis of the injury. That source indicates that those close to Jones are preparing for the reality that he might have played his last snap in the regular season.

The loss of Jones could be particularly devastating to the Patriots long term because of their perennial trouble of generating pressure on the quarterback. That trouble could be highlighted in the next six weeks as they face some of the best quarterbacks in football, including Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers.

Jones leads the Patriots with 4.5 sacks this season and has 22 sacks since being taking in the first round in the 2012 draft.

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Shane Vereen, Chandler Jones not spotted at Friday Patriots practice 10.24.14 at 12:02 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Shane Vereen joined Chandler Jones Friday as missing at Patriots practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields.

Jones has missed all week with a hip injury suffered against the Jets, and will reportedly be out of action for the next 4-6 weeks as he heals. Vereen, meanwhile, has not been on the injury report at all this week. The team will disclose its final injury report later Friday afternoon. The Boston Herald reported via a source that Vereen was given the day off due to an illness.

Newcomer Akeem Ayers was on the practice field again as the team tries to determine if the linebacker – acquired this week in a trade with the Titans – is ready to play in a game. Free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch was not on the field. Branch was in this week to meet with the players and was spotted in the team’s locker room on Thursday.

“I don’€™t know. We work out a lot of players around here over the course of the season,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday morning. “So, the ones that we bring on the roster and sign we work with and the ones that we don’€™t are there if we decide to do it.”

Friday’s practice was the fourth in a row this week as the team prepares to take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Vereen’s brother Brock is a safety for the Bears and Vereen’s parents are expected in town this weekend to spend time with their NFL sons.

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DE Chandler Jones not spotted at start of Patriots practice 10.23.14 at 11:59 am ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones was missing from the start of Patriots practice on Thursday, according to reports.

The defensive end, who was the only player on the active roster not spotted Thursday morning at the workout in the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, will reportedly be sidelined for the next month because of a hip injury he suffered last week against the Jets.

New England continues preparing for a Sunday afternoon date with the Bears at Gillette Stadium.

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Chris Jones: ‘An honor’ to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week 10.22.14 at 7:29 pm ET
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FOXBORO — When Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal attempt last Thursday night, it was the Patriots’ second blocked field goal of the season and now both of those blocked kicks have led to AFC Player of the Week honors as he was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7 on Wednesday.

This comes after Chandler Jones was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week when he blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in Week 2 against Minnesota.

“€œI wasn’€™t the only guy in the middle pushing. I just happened to be the one that got my hand up there to block the field goal,” Chris said. “It’€™s an honor to win it, I guess.”

The team works on it on a daily basis and with two blocked kicks it’s been paying off.

“We work on it almost everyday, actually,” Chris said. “We try and work on every phase of the game and we actually worked on it a little bit today.”

With Chandler reportedly sidelined for about a month with a hip injury, others will need to step in and back an impact on the defensive line.

“We have guys that are stepping up,” Chris said. “This week we have Dominique Easley and Zach Moore — we have those guys stepping up this week and they are doing really well for us.”€

“They stepped in and they do their job really well for us,” he added. “They work really hard in practice and watching film. They know their stuff and they do really good things for us.”

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Darrelle Revis returns, Chandler Jones only player missing from Patriots practice at 12:05 pm ET
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FOXBORO — After missing Tuesday’s practice, cornerback Darrelle Revis returned Wednesday as the Patriots held practice in a heavy mist in full pads on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium in preparation for Sunday’s game with the Bears.

Chandler Jones missed his second straight day of practice as it’s been reported he is dealing with a hip injury, which could sideline him for about a month.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers, who was officially traded to the Patriots from the Titans earlier in the day, was present and wore No. 52.

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