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Logan Mankins, Chandler Jones back at practice

FOXBOROUGH — Entering a two-game stretch against the team with the best record in the AFC and a team with one of the best records in the NFC, the Patriots could use all the healthy players they can find.

Two starters, one on offense and one on defense, returned to practice Thursday, creating the possibility that they’ll be able to contribute in Monday’s prime-time game against the Houston Texans.

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