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Rob Gronkowski returns to practice, shows signs back is improving

Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2018 - 1:17 pm
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FOXBORO -- After missing last Sunday's game against the Bears and practice on Wednesday, Rob Gronkowski returned to the field on Thursday with the rest of his teammates.

The Patriots tight end participated in individual drills the media was allowed to see for the first 10 minutes of practice, which included blocking. This seems to be a good sign as it relates to his back, which kept him out of Sunday's game.

It was reported he's expected to play Monday against the Bills and Thursday showed he's on track -- as of now.

Gronkowski wasn't the only player to return to the field, as offensive tackle Marcus Cannon and defensive end Deatrich Wise were also present. Cannon missed all of last week and the game, as well as Wednesday, with a concussion, while Wise only missed Wednesday's session due to ankle/knee injuries.

There were also a few players missing: running back Sony Michel, cornerback Eric Rowe and offensive lineman Brian Schwenke.

Michel suffered a knee injury on Sunday and it would seem like he will be out for Sunday's game, while Rowe injured his groin and wasn't moving well in the locker room Wednesday. It's unclear what caused Schwenke to miss the session.

The first injury of the week is due out later in the afternoon.

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