Gronkowski wouldn't have practiced

January, 25, 2012
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The Patriots filed a projected participation report today, even though they didn't practice. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who injured his left ankle in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, was listed as "did not participate" on the projected report.

Gronkowski has been spotted in a walking boot in recent days. He was injured late in the third quarter Sunday against the Ravens on a 23-yard reception, and missed nine plays before returning.

The Patriots return to the practice field Thursday, and with the Patriots projecting that Gronkowski wouldn't practice today, it could foreshadow that he won't be on the field for the team's first official practice leading into Super Bowl XLVI.

In addition, the Patriots removed tight end Aaron Hernandez (concussion), offensive tackle Nate Solder (concussion), and cornerback Kyle Arrington (foot) from the projected participation report; all were listed on last Friday's injury report.

For the Giants, who also did not practice, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), and safety Tyler Sash (concussion) were all projected not to practice.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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