Offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Sebastian Vollmer were back at Patriots practice on Thursday, while tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive end Chandler Jones and offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Markus Zusevics were not spotted during the media portion of the session, according to reports. The Patriots continue preparing for Sunday's divisional contest against the Dolphins in Miami.

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FOXBORO -- The Patriots added wide receiver Julian Edelman and special teamer Matt Slater to the injury report Wednesday with concussions in the wake of their win over the Jets last Thursday. In all, New England listed 12 players as "limited" in their participation on Wednesday, including Wes Welker (ankle), Brandon Spikes (knee), Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and Dont'a Hightower (hamstring). Here's the complete report:


Did Not Practice

G Dan Connolly (back)

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FOXBORO -- After a three-day weekend and no action since crushing the Jets on Thanksgiving, the Patriots returned to the practice field Wednesday in full pads. Six Patriots were not spotted outdoors in the cold on the lower practice field.

Offensive linemen Dan Connolly, Markus Zusevics, Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer were not seen while Rob Gronkowski, Chandler Jones, Jermaine Cunningham (suspended) and Brandon Bolden (suspended) were also missing.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots on Wednesday announced the signing of running back James Develin to the 53-man roster from the practice squad while signing rookie WR Jeremy Ebert to the practice squad today.

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Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered little comment on the news that the league had suspended defensive end Jermaine Cunningham for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 

"It's unfortunate," Belichick said, "but it's a league discipline, so we don't really have any control over it or say in it."