Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Gronk, Dennard present; Brady is not
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium, the team's first of the week before Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Meanwhile, quarterback Tom Brady was not spotted at the start of the practice, which was held in light shoulder pads. He attempted a career-high 65 passes in Sunday night's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, so the team is likely just resting Brady's arm on Wednesday. Backup Ryan Mallett was the only quarterback on the field.
Gronkowski returned to practice last Friday after missing almost four weeks with a broken forearm. He wasn't active for Sunday's game, but his presence at Wednesday's practice is a positive sign for his health.
In addition to Brady, the only other player not seen was reserve linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle), who left early in the third quarter of Sunday's game and did not return. Rivera made his first career start on Sunday night, as Brandon Spikes remained sidelined for the first series of the game.
Starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice. He left in the second quarter of Sunday's game and did not return.