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Ebner, Gostkowski return to Patriots practice

Ebner, Gostkowski return to Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- Nate Ebner and Stephen Gostkowski were both spotted by reporters on hand at Patriots practice Saturday, giving New England perfect attendance for the first time this week. 

Ebner did not practice Thursday or Friday due to a concussion suffered in the AFC Championship, while Gostkowski missed the sessions due to illness. 

Gostkowski is a perfect five-for-five on field goals this postseason with a long of 47 yards in last week’s win over the Steelers. He did miss an extra point in that game, making him seven-of-eight on PATs in the playoffs. 

Friday saw Julio Jones return to practice for the Falcons with limited participation. Both Jones (toe sprain) and center Alex Mack were scheduled to sit out this week’s practices, but Jones got back on the field sooner than expected. 

Ebner, Gostkowski remain out, Julio Jones returns to practice

Ebner, Gostkowski remain out, Julio Jones returns to practice

FOXBORO -- There wasn’t any news on the Patriots’ end of Friday’s participation/injury report, but the Falcons put one of their best players back on the field. 

Julio Jones, who was scheduled to sit out the week of practices as he rested a toe sprain, was listed as having limited participation in Friday’s practice. Alex Mack continued to sit out with a fibula injury. 

"Julio Jones participated some today," Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters in Georgia. "He was limited. And we held Alex Mack, like the plan. We'll get both those guys back into action for next week."

As for the Patriots, Nate Ebner (concussion) and Stephen Gostkowski (illness) remained out as the Pats held a walkthrough. The full practice participation/report for Friday is as follows: 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

Nate Ebner (concussion)
Stephen Gostkowski (illness)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION 

Danny Amendola (ankle)
Martellus Bennett (knee)
Brandon Bolden (knee)
Dont’a Hightower (shoulder)
Chris Hogan (thigh)
Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
Jabaal Sheard (knee)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE 

Alex Mack (fibula)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION 

Julio Jones (toe)

Thursday's Patriots-Falcons practice participation/injury report: Gostkowski ill

Thursday's Patriots-Falcons practice participation/injury report: Gostkowski ill

FOXBORO -- There were no major surprises on Thursday’s injury report for the Patriots. Nate Ebner didn’t participate in practice due to a concussion suffered against the Steelers, while Stephen Gostkowski sat out Thursday due to an illness. 

On Atlanta’s end, Julio Jones (toe) and Alex Mack (fibula) continue to sit out the week as intended, while Dwight Freeney went from missing Wednesday’s practice to participating fully on Thursday. 

Here's Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for both teams:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DB Nate Ebner (concussion)
K Stephen Gostkowski (illness)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Julio Jones (toe)
C Alex Mack (fibula)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related)