After missing two days, running back Brandon Bolden returned to the Patriots practice field Friday. Linebacker Jonathan Freeny and tight end Greg Scruggs were holdovers from Thursday’s inactives, but New England’s superstar tight end also did not practice Friday.
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Rob Gronkowski has been limited all week with a hamstring injury. The fact he could not practice following a day of going through full pads activities is concerning.
The hamstring injury has plagued Gronkowski throughout the start of the 2016 season, although he was able to finally find his All-Pro form in Week 5, catching 5 passes for 109 yards in Tom Brady’s season debut when the Patriots routed the Cleveland Browns 33-13.
Perhaps Gronkowski is simply receiving a day off in preparation for this Sunday’s clash with the Cincinnati Bengals. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Gronkowski did say, “I felt like myself last week, just getting into the groove now. Every single week, week in and week out now, just got to stay in a routine, stay in a groove.
“When I’m healthy I can go out there and do what I’ve got to do blocking, running-wise, catching-wise, running full speed at all times, going full speed every single time I’m out there.
“I feel like just my game, I feel like I can go out there and just do what I’ve got to do. What I try to do, whoever the quarterback is, I’m just trying to do what’s best for the team and doing my job to the best of my ability to help out the team.”