FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount missed his second straight practice Thursday morning as the big Patriots tailback continues to battle an undisclosed illness.
Blount and practice squad receiver Devin Lucien were the only missing bodies from the shells-and-sweats session, New England’s final practice open to the media before Saturday night’s divisional round tussle with the Texans.
The team will likely have a walkthrough on Friday.
The missed practices aren’t likely to cause Blount to miss the game. The only way he’d miss it is if he were still too sick to play.
LeGarrette Blount (illness) and practice squader Devin Lucien are absent from #Patriots practice. pic.twitter.com/70vUdhOiXz— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) January 12, 2017
Receiver Malcolm Mitchell, the only player listed as limited on Wednesday’s practice report with a knee ailment, worked on the stationary bike during the portion of Thursday’s workout open to the media.
Receiver Danny Amendola was listed as a full participant for the second day in a row as he returns from an ankle injury. Quarterback Tom Brady (thigh), cornerback Cyrus Jones (knee), and special teams captain Matthew Slater (foot) were removed from the injury report.
For the Texans, cornerback A.J. Bouye (groin), safety Quintin Demps (hamstring), receiver DeAndre Hopkins (knee) and Josh Simon (chest) were listed as limited particpation.
Guard Jeff Allen (ankle), tackle Chris Clark (ankle), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist), linebacker Brian Cushing (ankle), tight end Ryan Griffin (quadricep), safety Andre Hal (foot), cornerback Jonathan Joseph (calf), linebacker Whitney Mercilus (knee), linebacker Brian Peters (foot), and quarterback Tom Savage (concussion) were listed as full participation.
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