Perhaps part of the reason he was feeling good was that he knew he wouldn’t have to go through a tiring practice on Thursday. Hernandez did not participate in the Patriots workout after taking part in a limited practice on Wednesday. That doesn’t mean he’s had any setback with his ankle, though. Hernandez didn’t practice last Friday before playing against the Seahawks, which indicates the team will be easing him back to a full workload, and there’s no sign that his chances of playing against the Jets have taken a hit today.
Guard Logan Mankins appears to be on the same protocol. Mankins, who has been dealing with a hip injury for the last few weeks, skipped Thursday’s practice after being limited on Wednesday. He has had varied practice participation in recent weeks, but hasn’t missed a game yet this year.
Safety Steve Gregory, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Tracy White also missed practice for New England. Defensive lineman Ron Brace was the only new addition to the injury report. He was limited along with eight other Patriots, including tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Wes Welker.