FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who missed practice Thursday with a back injury, was one of five players not spotted at the start of today's session.
If Haynesworth does not play Sunday, it would thrust second-year player Kyle Love into a top role along the interior of the defensive line.
Others not spotted at Friday's practice were tight end Dan Gronkowski (hamstring), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) and tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee).
The return of safety Patrick Chung, who underwent surgery on his right thumb this week, was notable. Chung had missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.
The practice was held inside Gillette Stadium and players wore shorts and light shoulder pads.