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Dominique Easley (knee) misses Patriots practice 11.20.14 at 4:42 pm ET
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The Patriots practiced outside in the cold on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium on Thursday in advance of Sunday’s game with the Lions. Chandler Jones (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle) all missed the session.

Jones hasn’t practiced since suffering the hip injury in Week 7, while Fleming didn’t practice Wednesday after leaving late in last Sunday’s game against the Colts with an ankle injury. It was Fleming’s first action since suffering a finger injury Week 4 against Kansas City, which he is still said to be dealing with. Easley missed the practice after being limited on Wednesday. It is worth noting that Wednesday’s practice was a walkthrough and Thursday’s was held in full pads.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee) was removed from the injury report.

On a side note, Sealver Siliga was spotted at Wednesday’s walkthrough, but his 21-day window of coming off short-term injured reserve has not started yet.

For the Lions, running back Joique Bell was limited in practice after not practicing at all on Wednesday. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive lineman Nick Fairley once again did not practice.

Here is the complete Patriots practice report:

Did not practice

DL Dominique Easley (knee)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle)
DE Chandler Jones (hip)

Limited participation

OL Marcus Cannon (hip)
S Nate Ebner (finger)
WR Julian Edelman (thigh)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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Dominique Easley (knee) limited at Patriots practice 11.13.14 at 3:55 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news Thursday when rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee) returned to practice after missing the first two practices of the week.

Easley practicing was the only change from Wednesday’s practice report, as Chandler Jones (hip) was the lone player not to participate in the session held inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse to simulate the playing conditions inside Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday night.

For the Colts, defensive tackle Arthur Jones (ankle), Chandler’s brother, and linebacker Erik Walden (quad) were limited participants after not practicing at all on Wednesday.

Here is the complete Patriots practice report:

Did not practice

DE Chandler Jones (hip)

Limited participation

DL Dominique Easley (knee)
S Nate Ebner (finger)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OL Ryan Wendell (knee)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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Dominique Easley (knee) returns to Patriots practice, only Chandler Jones (hip) missing at 12:10 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Dominique Easley returned to Patriots practice on Thursday inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, according to reports. Easley had missed Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices due to a knee issue. His return Thursday is a good sign that he could be ready to suit up when the Patriots take on the Colts Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Thursday’s workout was in sweats and shells.

Easley was seen working with trainers at the last practice before the Patriots’ bye week last Wednesday, and has been listed on the injury report for most of the season with a knee injury. There were a pair of crutches by his locker on Tuesday but he was seen walking with no limp through the locker room during media availability.

The only player absent Thursday was Chandler Jones, who has missed the last month since injuring his hip against the Jets on Oct. 16.

Thursday marked the second straight day the Patriots practiced in the bubble as they try to simulate game conditions for Sunday night on the fast track indoors.

After missing Tuesday’s practice with strep throat (per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald), Brandon LaFell was again on hand at practice Thursday for a second straight day.

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Dominique Easley (knee) misses Patriots practice, 4 players limited 11.12.14 at 4:19 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The first Patriots injury report of the week was released following Wednesday’s practice and it came with no major surprises.

Chandler Jones (hip) and Dominique Easley (knee) were the only two players to miss the full-padded session held inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse. Jones is expected to be out at least until the Green Bay game (Nov. 30), which would be six weeks from originally suffering the injury in Week 7. Easley appeared to re-injure his knee in the last practice before the bye week — last Wednesday — as he was seen working with trainer’s during the first positional drills. The rookie has been listed as questionable with a knee injury each of the last five games, but has played in all five games.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell has popped up on the injury report for the first time this season with a knee injury. After not being spotted at the start of Tuesday’s practice, wide receiver Brandon LaFell did not appear on the injury report on Wednesday. The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported LaFell missed the practice because of step throat, as there was no Tuesday practice report since the team is only required to release three per week.

Here is the full participation report:

Did not practice

DE Chandler Jones (hip)
DL Dominique Easley (knee)

Limited participation

S Nate Ebner (finger)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OL Ryan Wendell (knee)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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Dominique Easley missing from start of Patriots practice, Brandon LaFell returns at 12:16 pm ET
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FOXBORO — With Sunday’s Patriots-Colts game being played indoors at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Patriots moved practice to inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse at Gillette Stadium Wednesday afternoon to help prepare themselves for the conditions they will face Sunday night.

After missing yesterday’s practice with strep throat (per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald), Brandon LaFell returned to practice, but rookie defensive linemen Dominique Easley and defensive end Chandler Jones were not present at the start of the session.

Easley also wasn’t at yesterday’s practice, after he was seen working with trainer’s at the last practice before the Patriots’ bye week last Wednesday, and has been listed on the injury report virtually all season with a knee injury. Jones hasn’t practiced, or been seen for that matter, since injuring his hip during Week 7’s game against the Jets.

The Patriots will release a practice participation report later this afternoon, so check back then for more.

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Brandon LaFell among 3 players not spotted at start of Patriots practice 11.11.14 at 12:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Brandon LaFell, Dominique Easley and Chandler Jones were all not spotted at the start of Patriots practice Tuesday afternoon held on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium in advance of Sunday’s game against the Colts. The practice was held in shorts and shells.

LaFell’s absence comes as a bit of a surprise, especially following a bye week. The wide receiver hasn’t missed a practice this season and practiced last Wednesday — the last practice before the team departed for its bye week. During the media viewing portion of last Wednesday’s practice, Easley was spotted being checked out by trainer’s during positional drills, and he’s been on the injury report almost all season with a knee injury, so the injury could have been aggravated during the last practice. Jones, hasn’t practiced at all since suffering a hip injury against the Jets, so his absence doesn’t come as a surprise.

Since it is Tuesday and the team is only required to put out three injury reports a week, there will not be one today. The first one will come Wednesday, following the second practice of the week.

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Can Dominique Easley, Casey Walker and Zach Moore give Vince Wilfork more of a breather? 10.25.14 at 3:10 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Vince Wilfork can’t play every down anymore. Nor do the Patriots want him playing all the time anymore.

After playing 64 of 69 snaps in Buffalo against the Bills, Wilfork’s snaps fell to 78 percent (68 of 87 snaps) against the Jets. Still, Wilfork is certainly on pace to earn his 70 percent participation clause that will kick in his $3 million guarantee. He has already played 78.9 percent of his snaps this season. His 377 snaps is 162 more than Chris Jones, the next closest on the line.

But with injuries to Sealver Siliga and Chandler Jones and the departure of Tommy Kelly, there’s a need to make sure there’s insurance behind Wilfork.

This is what the Patriots had in mind when they drafted Dominique Easley and Zach Moore and signed Casey Walker off the Carolina Panthers practice squad in late September. It’s why they have brought in Alan Branch to see if they can resurrect his career after some off-the-field transgressions.

But most of the focus now is on Easley, a player like Wilfork who could make the transition from inside to outside on the defensive line.

“Easley has really played all those spots across the board from college and even back from when we had him here in the spring and then when he was able to practice in training camp,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “He’€™s worked all the way from outside the tight end to on the center’€™s nose, so everywhere in between: zero to two-I, three, four, five, six, seven, nine. He’€™s been at every spot.

“That is unusual. He’€™s got a unique set of skills that allow him to do that. [He’€™s] quick enough to play outside, enough playing strength to play inside, to a degree. Good instinctiveness in terms of recognizing blocking schemes. There are a lot of different things that can happen when you’€™re in there between a guard and a center or a guard and tackle compared to when you’€™re outside of a tight end. You’€™re seeing the game kind of from the inside out as opposed from the outside in. it’€™s different. I’€™d say there aren’€™t a lot of guys that comes real easy to. There are a few, but not a lot.”

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