Rob Gronkowski will reportedly need back surgery and could miss up to eight weeks. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO -- What the hell were the Patriots thinking?



FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news at practice on Thursday as a few of their players who missed Wednesdays session returned.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot) all returned and were limited in the session.

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news at practice on Thursday as a few of their players who missed Wednesdays session returned.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot) all returned and were limited in the session.

There were two additions to the injury report as Trey Flowers was limited with a shin injury, while Woodrow Hamilton missed the practice with an illness.

For the second straight day, Nate Ebner was present, but didn’t practice with a concussion and Jordan Richards was out with a knee injury.

Missing two straight practices is not a good sign for their availability for Sunday. The Patriots special teams could need some reinforcements.

Here is the complete injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE

TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
S Jordan Richards (knee)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
QB Tom Brady (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
ST/WR Matthew Slater (foot)
DL Trey Flowers (shin)

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It appears Rob Gronkowski will be out for the rest of the regular season. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)So what’s next?



FOXBORO — Want some good news from Gillette Stadium on Thursday?

A few key members of the Patriots returned to the practice field after missing Wednesdays practice.

FOXBORO — Want some good news from Gillette Stadium on Thursday?

A few key members of the Patriots returned to the practice field after missing Wednesdays practice.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot/birth of child) were spotted at Patriots practice on Thursday, which was held in shells, not full pads like they have been on past Thursdays, on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium.

There were four players missing, though: Trey Flowers, Jordan Richards, Rob Gronkowski and Woodrow Hamilton. Also, practice squad tight end Kennard Backman was not spotted as well.

(Gronkowski of course, reportedly needs back surgery.)

Nate Ebner, who didn’t practice with a concussion on Wednesday, was out on the field, but he was also spotted Wednesday, so it’s unclear if he will participate in the session.

The injury report will come out later in the day.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — There’s reportedly some bad news for the Patriots.

According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci, Rob Gronkowski will need surgery on his back after suffering a ruptured disk against the Seahawks. The report adds he’s expected to miss eight weeks after surgery in L.A.

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — There’s reportedly some bad news for the Patriots.

According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci, Rob Gronkowski will need surgery on his back after suffering a ruptured disk against the Seahawks. The report adds he’s expected to miss eight weeks after surgery in L.A.

Pro Football Talk adds the surgery will take place on Friday.

Eight weeks from now would be Jan. 26, which is the Thursday following the AFC title game.

Gronkowski missed the 49ers game, the game after the Seahawks game, but played seven snaps against the Jets before leaving the game.

The tight end has played in eight games and has 35 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns this season.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Rob Gronkowski continues to move up the list of all-time receptions via Tom Brady. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski continues to move up the list of all-time receptions via Tom Brady. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

We’ve tracked Tom Brady’s big board of favorite receivers several times over the last few years, but with Rob Gronkowski continuing to move up the list and Julian Edelman landing in the top 5 this year, we figured it would be a good time to revisit the latest totals. As always, we have to point out that these are not career totals, but only catches from Brady during regular-season contests:

Most catches from Brady, regular-season games only, career
1. Wes Welker (563 catches in 78 career regular-season games with Brady)
2. Rob Gronkowski (403 catches in 86 games)
3. Julian Edelman (363 catches in 94 games)
4. Deion Branch (328 catches in 89 games)
5. Troy Brown (323 catches in 84 games)
6. Kevin Faulk (310 catches in 117 games)

7. Randy Moss (192 catches in 36 games)
8. Aaron Hernandez (175 catches in 38 games)
9. David Givens (158 catches in 53 career games with Brady)
10. David Patten (157 catches in 54 games)

Here’s the rest of the top 20:
11. Danny Amendola, 151 catches; 12. Ben Watson, 142; 13. Daniel Graham, 117; 14. Brandon LaFell, 107; 15. Shane Vereen, 106; 16. Danny Woodhead, 92; 17. James White, 65; 18. Christian Fauria, 79; 19. Brandon Lloyd, 74; 20. Antowain Smith, 64.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Julian Edelman missed practice on Wednesday because he was in California for the birth of his daughter.