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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski a limited participant in practice while in concussion protocol

Marc Narducci, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion in the Patriots' 24-20 AFC Championship win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21, was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. It was the Patriots' first practice this week as they prepare for Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis against the Eagles.

Gronkowski, who practiced in pads, is still working his way through concussion protocol. He wasn't available in the post-practice media availability. (The Eagles spoke to the media before their practice.)

In addition, other limited participants were defensive linemen Deatrich Wise (concussion) and Malcolm Butler (illness).

Quarterback Tom Brady, who wore black tape on his injured right hand, practiced in full.

Eagles report

Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan did not practice due to illness. It was also the Eagles' first practice this week.

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According to the pool report, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said the team doesn't believe Jernigan has the flu, but rather "a 24-hour deal."

Three other Eagles, Fletcher Cox (calf), running back Jay Ajayi (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbee (hamstring) were full participants in practice.

Pederson said his team won't be in pads all week.

"We're in the last week of the season," said Pederson, who turned 50 on Wednesday. "If they don't know how to hit by now, you know?"

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