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Patriots' Tom Brady practices, Rob Gronkowski still out

Tom Brady has been limited by a hand and thumb injury, but returns to full practice with the Patriots.. [Getty Images]
Tom Brady has been limited by a hand and thumb injury, but returns to full practice with the Patriots.. [Getty Images]
Published Jan. 26, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to full practice nine days before the Super Bowl, but tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from a concussion.

In the injury report issued Friday, the team said neither Gronkowski nor defensive lineman Deatrich Wise would play if the game were this Sunday. With an extra week off before facing the Eagles, however, there is still time.

Brady required stitches in his right hand and thumb after an injury in practice last week. After missing parts of practice leading up to the AFC Championship Game, he started in a victory over the Jaguars.

Defensive lineman Malcom Brown (foot) missed practice for the second straight day. Offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle and running back Mike Gillislee missed part of practice for the third day in a row.

INJURY ENDS CAREER: Bills center Eric Wood said a debilitating neck injury forced him to retire after nine seasons. Doctors said he would no longer be cleared to play — even with surgery or more treatment.

CARDINALS: Former Chargers coach Mike McCoy was named offensive coordinator and Al Holcomb is following new Arizona coach Steve Wilks from Carolina to be defensive coordinator. McCoy was the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 2009-12 and in 2017. Holcomb was the Panthers' linebackers coach for the past five seasons.

CHIEFS: Tight end Tony Gonzalez was elected to the team's Hall of Fame, and his name will be added to Arrowhead Stadium's ring of honor.

EAGLES: Quarterback Carson Wentz said his goal is to be ready for the start of next season. Speaking to reporters for the first time since he tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10, Wentz said the rehab has "gone great so far."

GIANTS: New coach Pat Shurmur believes quarterback Eli Manning, 37, has good years ahead of him, said he is determined to build a good offensive line, and after a season of rifts and suspensions, everyone will start with a clean sheet.

CONCUSSION CONCERNS: The league plans to talk to teams about how practices are conducted after a 73 percent increase in concussions during preseason workouts in 2017. Preseason practice concussions jumped to a five-year high of 45 from 26 in 2016. Overall concussions sustained in practice, including the regular season, are also up.

CONVICTION IN MCKNIGHT death: The man who killed NFL running back Joe McKnight in a December 2016 road-rage confrontation was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in suburban New Orleans. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 40 years. Defense attorneys said Ronald Gasser, 56, feared for his life when he fired from his driver's seat at McKnight, who was standing at his passenger-side window. State law allows lethal force by someone who believes someone entering his or her home or car is a threat.