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Friday, November 1, 2013
Injury report: Kelly out; Gronk probable

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A hamstring injury has limited Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in practice each day this week, but he remains probable to play Sunday against the Steelers. Gronkowski also continues to rehab his back and forearm following offseason surgeries

Gronkowski, who may have suffered the hamstring injury versus the Dolphins Sunday, was a full participant in last Friday's practice, the first time he completed a full workout this regular season. He was also designated as probable heading into the Week 8 Dolphins game.

Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the hamstring issue for Gronkowski on Friday. "We’ll just list the injuries today at the end of practice on the injury report the way we see it," he said. "We’ll do that with everybody."

Cornerback Aqib Talib, who has missed the past two games due to a hip injury, is questionable to play after practicing on a limited basis each day this week. The 27-year-old has developed into a top defensive player and is often used to shadow an opponent's best receiver.

In his absence, the Patriots have started veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington (who is questionable due to a groin issue) opposite second-year player Alfonzo Dennard.

Quarterback Tom Brady, who was limited during Thursday's practice due to a right shoulder issue, is probable and is likely to play Sunday. He was also limited in last Thursday's practice.

Brady has appeared to deal with discomfort in his throwing hand over each of the past two weeks, but has insisted that he is not working through any sort of issue.

The Patriots have ruled out just one player, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), for Sunday.