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Logan Mankins, Alfonzo Dennard back at practice for Patriots

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The Patriots got back on the field for practice on Tuesday and had a couple of players rejoin their teammates after sitting out last week’s activities.

Left guard Logan Mankins and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard participated in practice for the first time since the end of the regular season. Mankins injured his ankle during the Week 17 victory over the Bills and Dennard missed that game because of a knee injury.

Their presence at Tuesday’s practice, which was held indoors because of the frigid weather caused by the dreaded polar vortex, is a good sign for their availability against the Colts on Saturday night. Temperatures are expected to rise to a much more manageable level by then, although there’s some talk of rain to go with low-to-mid 40s on the thermometer.

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson was the only member of the active roster absent from practice. Dobson’s nursing a foot injury and Mike Petraglia of WEEI reports that an unidentified receiver wearing No. 84 was taking part in practice. The Patriots have an open roster spot after placing linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve.

UPDATE 1:27 p.m. ET: The mystery receiver is Reggie Dunn, according to multiple reports. Dunn, who went undrafted in 2013, has spent time with four teams — the Steelers, Browns, Packers and Dolphins — this season but saw no regular season action.

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14 Responses to “Logan Mankins, Alfonzo Dennard back at practice for Patriots”
  1. rob471773 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:30 PM

    unidentified WR wearing #84???

    RANDY MOSS

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:31 PM

    Lol watch the “unidentified receiver” be an ex-Colts player

  3. clelek05 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:37 PM

    Seriously, Randy Moss would be the greatest move for this team right now. Fingers crossed that the “unidentified player” is Randy. Fat chance, I know, but it really would make sense.

  4. clelek05 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:38 PM

    Not Randy. Just Reggie :(

  5. slaugin says: Jan 7, 2014 1:43 PM

    The unidentified #84 is Reggie Dunn. A blazing fast WR that ran a 4.24 40 on his Pro day in Utah. He is very similar to TY Hilton. So it looks like he is going to be playing that role in practice this week.

    Side Note: Randy Moss would make sense? Seriously??? C’mon

  6. steve717 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:44 PM

    Reggie Dunn is 5’9 and runs a 4.24 40. He is there to play the role of T.Y. Hilton all week during practice.

  7. bostonistitletown says: Jan 7, 2014 1:48 PM

    Bill Belichicks here for the applause, applause, applause – Bills here for the applause plause, here for the applause plause.

  8. picking6s says: Jan 7, 2014 1:59 PM

    Either using Dunn as a kick returner or scouting him as one

  9. surfinbird1 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:13 PM

    After this week he’ll be one and Dunn.

  10. ampats says: Jan 7, 2014 2:22 PM

    Still a roster move to be made. Do they promote Ja’Gared Davis LB to roster?

  11. daltongang1 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:41 PM

    When did Dennard get out of the pokey?

  12. dcpatfan says: Jan 7, 2014 2:42 PM

    superbowl

  13. jimjets says: Jan 7, 2014 4:21 PM

    In the name of all that’s holy – in the name of the snubbing Tony Dungys handshake – let’s all pray the funny looking balding kid with the bad beard has the game of his life this Saturday. Go colts!!!!

  14. jackybadass says: Jan 7, 2014 5:49 PM

    Dunn! That’s what n e will be after Saturday nite colts in blowout!

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