FOXBORO -- Five players, including tight end Aaron Hernandez, safety Steve Gregory and guard Logan Mankins, did not practice on Thursday for the Patriots. (All three were part of a team walkthrough on Wednesday.) Nine Patriots were listed as limited, including defensive lineman Ron Brace, who showed up on the injury report for the first time this week with a back issue. Here is Thursday's full report: 

 

Did Not Practice

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez, Logan Mankins and Steve Gregory joined running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Tracy White as missing at the start of Patriots practice on Thursday behind Gillette Stadium.

After conducting just a walk-through on Wednesday, the team returned to a more traditional shells practice on Thursday in the sunny, mild weather.

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez spoke Thursday for the first time since injuring his right ankle on Sept. 16 against the Cardinals and admitted that he initially feared the ankle was broken when Julian Edelman and a Cardinals defender fell on him while he was engaged in a block. As he was lying on the ground, he was hoping that he didn't break the ankle, an injury that would've knocked him out for the season. 

Jets coach Rex Ryan hinted Thursday that with the injuries to Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell, Tim Tebow could see some snaps at running back Sunday against the Patriots.

“That’s a possibility,” Ryan told reporters. “The thing about Tim, with him being a football player. ... By playing quarterback, he knows all the positions. So can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end? I think the answer is yes.

New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace was asked by ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini on Wednesday about the up-tempo offense of the Patriots. 

"It's borderline illegal because sometimes the guys aren't always set when they snap the ball," Pace said. "But it's smart. Why not hurry a team up? I wish we would do it. For a defense, it just puts pressure on you."

The Patriots and Jets have always made personnel moves with one eye on their own roster and another on how a transaction might foul things up for the divisional rivals, particularly when it comes to the New England passing game.



FOXBORO -- Running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Tracy White were the only players who did not take part in the walk-through outside Gillette Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Eleven Patriots were listed as limited in the light practice. Here is Wednesday's full report: 

Did Not Practice

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)

LB Tracy White (foot) 

Limited Participation

S Patrick Chung (shoulder)

S Steve Gregory (hip)

FOXBORO -- Jets coach Rex Ryan saw the film of Sunday's Patriots game in Seattle in which they gave up two touchdown passes in the final eight minutes, blowing a 13-point lead in a 24-23 loss to the Seahawks. But Tuesday, in a conference call with the New England media, Ryan said he doesn't see the Patriots defense as weak or incompetent. 

FOXBORO -- Running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Tracy White were the only Patriots not spotted at practice on Wednesday on the grass training fields behind Gillette Stadium. The team held only a walk-through, which is a practice without pads or shells. 

Since the team held only a walk-thru, injured defensive lineman Myron Pryor was eligible to participate after spending the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list. Pryor was spotted on the field with this teammates for the first time. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd said he's "fine" after appearing to get a little shaken up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Lloyd, who is second on the Patriots in receptions (34) and receiving yards (401), laid out for a ball down the New England sidelines late in the game against Seattle, and appeared to land awkwardly on his shoulder. He spent a couple of plays on the sideline, but did return for the final few plays. The 31-year-old Lloyd is in his first season with the Patriots.