FOXBORO --  For the second straight day, Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were listed as limited at practice on Thursday, as the team practiced in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at outside Gillette Stadium. In both cases, the team listed Brady and Wilfork as limited but not injury-related. Brady and Wilfork were among the 15 Patriots listed as limited, as there were no changes from Wednesday. Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung were the only absentees from practice, held in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields. Thursday's complete injury report is as follows:

FOXBORO -- In the wake of the news that charges against him were dropped on Thursday, the Patriots have released a statement from wide receiver Julian Edelman.

“I am very appreciative of the hard work of the County’s public officials and of my attorney Amy McNamee. I am humbled by the support of my teammates and the Patriots organization. I’m just looking forward to focusing on football.”

The Patriots announced Thursday that rookie defensive back Malcolm Williams has been released. Williams, 24, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian. Williams, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 29 and then spent two stints on the New England practice squad. He was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Dec. 10 and saw action on special teams against the Redskins last Sunday.

Charges against Patriots wide receiver/defensive back Julian Edelman -- accusing him of groping a woman at a nightclub on Nov. 1 --  have been dropped by Suffolk County prosecutors.

Edelman had been facing a charge of indecent assault and battery for allegedly inappropriately touching a woman at the Storyville nightclub on Exeter Street.

Finally, a place on the internet has been carved out to have a discussion about Tim Tebow



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FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots' practice on Thursday afternoon on the upper fields behind Gillette. Chung and Vollmer were also the only two missing from Wednesday's practice -- Chung hasn't played since injuring his right foot on Nov. 6 against the Giants while Vollmer has missed the last two games since injuring his right foot on Nov. 27 at Philadelphia.

FOXBORO -- When it comes to offensive philosophy and approach to quarterbacking, you couldn’t find two teams more dissimilar than the Patriots and Broncos.



FOXBORO -- After spending the bulk of his college career in the spotlight, Ryan Mallett understands that he’s got to spend a little time in the shadows, especially when he's an understudy to someone like Tom Brady.



FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were listed as limited at practice on Wednesday as the Patriots released their practice report Wednesday - their first day of practice in advance of Tim Tebow and the Broncos. In both cases, the team listed Brady and Wilfork as limited but not injury-related. Sebastian Vollmer and Patrick Chung were the only absentees from practice, held in sweats and shells on the upper practice fields. Wednesday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot)

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Patriots' matchup with the Broncos and Tim Tebow.

Baldinger said Tebow present a real threat to all opposing defenses, and he doesn't expect him to hit a wall anytime soon.