The Patriots got the news they were waiting for on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s health and they also got another player back at practice after he missed the rest of the week.
Cornerback Aqib Talib is at practice with the rest of the Pats after being sidelined on Wednesday and Thursday as a result of the hip flexor injury that knocked him out of the Week Six victory over the Saints. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Talib did not look “ready for action” during the portion of practice that was open to the media.
PFT reported Thursday that Talib was unlikely to play against the Jets this weekend and it’s unclear whether his return to the practice field changes that outlook at all. The Patriots will release their final injury report of the week on Friday afternoon, which could give more of a clue to his status although it seems at least as likely that he’ll be listed as questionable with the ultimate decision still to come this weekend.
Reiss also reports that defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Leon Washington remained out of practice for the third straight game, making it unlikely than any of the three will play on Sunday.