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The first official non-practice Super Bowl practice report

New England Patriots' Gronkowski is tackled by Baltimore Ravens' Pollard in the third quarter during the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

The NFL has some great traditions.  And some bizarre habits.

One particularly goofy quirk comes from the publication of injury reports for practices that didn’t happen.  It happens from time to time during the season.  And it happens during the bye week before the Super Bowl.

On Wednesday, neither the Giants nor the Patriots practiced.  But both teams were required to predict whether and to what extent injured players would have been able to participate in practice, if there actually had been practice.

For the Patriots, the only player whom they think wouldn’t have been able to practice if there were practice was tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose ankle suffered an unnatural, Gumby-like twist on Sunday against the Ravens.

The following Patriots would have participated in practice on a limited basis, if there had been practice: receiver Deion Branch (knee), tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), safety Patrick Chung (knee), linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb), safety James Ihedigbo (shoulder), defensive tackle Kyle Love (ankle), guard Logan
Mankins (knee), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (hip), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee), tackle Sebastian
Vollmer (back, foot), receiver Wes Welker (knee), and linebacker Tracy White (abdomen).

Guard Dan Connolly (groin) and receiver Matt Slater (shoulder) would have fully participated in practice.

For the Giants, running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), and safety Tyler Sash (concussion) would not have practiced.  Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee) would have practiced on a limited basis.

Stay tuned for further updates for who wouldn’t have practiced on days on which there wasn’t practice.

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19 Responses to “The first official non-practice Super Bowl practice report”
  1. raiderapologist says: Jan 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    Yeah, but how is Brady’s shoulder?

  2. hawkitnow says: Jan 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    fabulous reporting…

  3. turk2875 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:22 PM

    Well than, glad we got that covered.

  4. burm61 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:23 PM

    Pats practice must be like high school walk through with all the limited players.

  5. rushmatic says: Jan 25, 2012 10:29 PM

    Pretty funny. Another reason I love Bill Belichick (and a few others) and his disdain for the dumber aspects of the NFL.

  6. prideandpoise says: Jan 25, 2012 10:42 PM

    I guess this post has some good information. At least it wasn’t a non-practice Pro Bowl practice report.

  7. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2012 10:44 PM

    It’s astonishing to look at the names on the Game 1 roster and the “no name” defense that actually bailed out Brady in the AFC Championship.

    It’s a testament to the players themselves and good coaching… I mean there’s a friggin WR playing CB.

    But it sure looks like Belichick knew what he was doing in hindsight. Still, it’s really nothing short of myraculous

  8. eyeamlegend says: Jan 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    Dumb dumb dumb.

  9. canetic says: Jan 25, 2012 10:49 PM

    Billy Cundiff would not have practiced.

  10. tb12eatitbitches says: Jan 25, 2012 10:56 PM

    This is what this has come to? Pretend practice reports?

  11. freedomispopular says: Jan 25, 2012 10:58 PM

    Don’t forget Tom Brady’s shoulder.

  12. rambo888 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:09 PM

    Matt Cassel

  13. jjrs89 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:11 PM

    what about rex ryan’s pride? You forgot the jets report. They’re in the Super Bowl, right?

  14. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 25, 2012 11:13 PM

    Huh?

  15. 2dollarpbrs says: Jan 25, 2012 11:33 PM

    The entire Ravens squad would have practiced if they knew what down it was…….Just Sayin……………

  16. hdmoyer says: Jan 26, 2012 3:17 AM

    So, not to get off the subject but did anyone see Lawrence Taylor tonight on Inside The NFL? The guy thinks he is still a superstar and has serious issues…wtf?

  17. erfoster says: Jan 26, 2012 4:36 AM

    vegas & the odds makers say thanks.

  18. gpete1962 says: Jan 26, 2012 6:46 AM

    Without a healthy “Gronk” TB’s battle is going to be all uphill

  19. totallydisgusted says: Jan 26, 2012 7:51 AM

    here comes the tide of useless info. I hate the week or two before the superbowl

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