- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Capping off the night with the three biggest takeaways from the Patriots' fourth day in town for Super Bowl XLVI:
1. No practice for Gronkowski, who might wear specialized shoe. Tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice Wednesday, and one could make a case that the best course of action at this point is to keep him off the field until Super Bowl XLVI. Gronkowski said Wednesday that he will consider wearing a specialized cleat that would hopefully help him play through a high left ankle sprain. Gronkowski played in an eye-popping 96 percent of the team's offensive snaps this season, highlighting his importance to the attack.
2. Light back from the flu. Left tackle Matt Light was thankful that the flu-like symptoms he experienced early in the week had subsided, allowing him to fully participate in practice. Had it been later in the week, his ability to play in Super Bowl XLVI might have been jeopardized. "It would be horrible if it was Friday or Saturday," Light said. "For the most part it was one of those 24-hour things. Luckily I'm over it and we can move on." Light drew one of the largest media crowds, as his health and duel with Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was a hot topic of discussion.
3. Preparing for a road-game type atmosphere. The Super Bowl might be played at a neutral site, but the Patriots are preparing as if they'll be in enemy territory. Bill Belichick cranked up music at practice (Bon Jovi and halftime performer Madonna) to make it difficult for the offense to hear, forcing them to work with silent communication and hand signals. Simply walking around Indianapolis over the last few days, it's clear that this is anti-Patriots territory. The idea of the Patriots using the Colts' facilities and locker room has stung for some locals.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Capping off the night with the three biggest takeaways from the Patriots' fourth day in town for Super Bowl XLVI:1. No practice for Gronkowski, who might wear specialized shoe.