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Chris Hogan, Malcom Brown among those absent as Patriots return to practice

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Chris Hogan, Malcom Brown among those absent as Patriots return to practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots returned to the practice field Tuesday coming off their bye week, but familiar faces were absent. 

Chris Hogan, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 8 against the Chargers but avoided surgery, was not spotted when the Pats practiced in sweats and shells. Malcom Brown, who missed the game against San Diego with an ankle injury, sat out Tuesday as well. 

Marcus Cannon (ankle) and Nate Solder were the other absentees for the Pats Tuesday.

Key Patriots players missing from lone practice of the bye week

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Key Patriots players missing from lone practice of the bye week

FOXBORO -- The bye week is coming at a good time for the Patriots, it seems. They took the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for their lone practice of the week on Wednesday, and they were without a handful key players dealing with injuries. 

Chris Hogan, who left Sunday's win over the Chargers with a shoulder issue, was not present. Marcus Cannon and Malcom Brown were also missing. Cannon left the Chargers game with an ankle issue, and Brown suffered an ankle injury against the Falcons in Week 7. 

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Stephen Gostkowski was also missing from the start of the practice. That's not unusual, although when he's absent, usually he's joined elsewhere by punter Ryan Allen and snapper Joe Cardona. Both Allen and Cardona were present Wednesday. 

New backup quarterback Brian Hoyer was on the field, wearing No. 2, for his first practice with the Patriots since training camp in 2012. 

Eric Rowe, who aggravated a groin injury in Week 4 and has not practiced since, was back on the field. He has been doing light running as part of his rehabilitation lately so setting foot on the practice field is another step in the right direction for him. 

Stephon Gilmore, who did not play last weekend and was listed with a concussion and an ankle injury last week, was on the field and taking part in a tackling drill (form-tackling a tackling dummy) early in the practice. 

The session was a shorts-and-shells workout.

Chris Hogan leaves with shoulder injury, wearing a sling in the locker room

Chris Hogan leaves with shoulder injury, wearing a sling in the locker room

FOXBORO -- Chris Hogan has taken his fair share of shots this season, and he was forced to leave Sunday's win over the Chargers after absorbing another. 

The Patriots receiver left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury, and he was spotted wearing a sling on his right arm in the locker room after the game. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Hogan is scheduled for an MRI Monday morning. 

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Hogan has been slow to peel himself off the turf on multiple occasions this season, including after he took a hard shot to his right arm from linebacker Hayes Pullard, who contacted Hogan with his helmet. Hogan also labored to get up on a deep incompletion against the Chargers when he was double-covered and hit the ground with the force of a couple of bodies on top of him. 

He lost two teeth two weeks ago during a collision with tight end Jacob Hollister. He took a brutal shot to the ribs that landed him on the injury report following a win over the Jets in Week 6. Every week, it seems, he's getting blasted. 

"Chris is a tough kid," Bill Belichick said in a press conference last week. "I'd say all of our receivers are. It's a good group, a tough group, they block, they're tough, they're competitive."

Hogan finished the Chargers game with five catches for 60 yards on seven targets. He had a shot at a long touchdown in the second quarter, but Tom Brady didn't see him streaking through the Los Angeles defense. Instead, he opted to throw deep to Brandin Cooks off of a flea-flicker and it fell incomplete. 

The Patriots had eight different receivers catch passes in Sunday's win. 

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