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Gronkowski, Butler not at practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As noted by coach Bill Belichick, tight end Rob Gronkowski was not present at practice today, as the Patriots practiced for the first time this week.

The only other absence for the team was practice squad tight end Carson Butler, who was signed today and might still be going through the process of getting ready to practice.

The session was held in the team's climate-controlled field house, and Friday's session is also scheduled to be in the practice bubble. Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVI, is a domed facility.