Hernandez limited in return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was limited in his return to practice Thursday, according to the team's official participation report. This marked Hernandez's first practice since spraining his ankle Sept. 16 against the Cardinals.

Also, fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip) was limited after missing Wednesday's practice, while quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder) was also limited for the second straight day.

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who served as the third player on the depth chart in Sunday's win over the Bills, returned to practice and was limited. He is listed on the participation report as having a concussion.

Finally, cornerback Ras-I Dowling didn't participate in practice for non-injury-related reasons.

These were the main highlights from today's participation report.