Francis returns; 20 Pats limited at practice

Rookie defensive end Justin Francis, who missed Tuesday's practice, was not listed on the Patriots' Wednesday injury report.

Word is Francis was feeling ill Tuesday. He was better Wednesday.

The Patriots list 20 players as limited, a group including defensive end Rob Ninkovich (hip) and starting cornerbacks Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee).

Offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder and defensive tackle Kyle Love were not listed after appearing on the Patriots' Week 17 injury report. Ninkovich and defensive end Trevor Scott were the only new additions.