FOXBOROUGH --- The Patriots conducted their first practice for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game in sweats and shells inside Gillette Stadium and had almost everyone accounted for with the notable exception of tight end Rob Gronkowski and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
Gronkowksi, who missed six games during the second half of the season after fracturing his left forearm Nov. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts, re-fractured his forearm in last Sunday’s’ 41-28 divisional victory over the Houston Texans. He underwent season-ending surgery on Monday.
Running back Danny Woodhead, who injured his left thumb on the Patriots’ first offensive play from scrimmage, was spotted during the media-access portion of practice but it was uncertain if he was wearing a brace as he had his hands stuffed in the pockets of his sweat top.
Chandler Jones, who suffered a sprained ankle vs. the Texans, was back on the field and was spotted moving around well during warmups.