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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)

Tributes to Gil Santos pour in on social media

Tributes to Gil Santos pour in on social media

Gil Santos was as good as it gets in a broadcasting booth.

The entire New England Patriots community is coming together and compiling their favorite memories from his days working with the team.

Current play-by-play Patriots broadcaster Bob Socci has a thread dedicated to Santos.

Many other members of the local media, including former Patriots, have shared their favorite memories of Gil.

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Legendary broadcaster Gil Santos passes away at the age of 80

Legendary broadcaster Gil Santos passes away at the age of 80

Legendary Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos passed away today on his birthday at the age of 80.

The long-time voice of the Pats served in the booth for a total of 36 years, mostly alongside former Patriots kicker Gino Cappelletti. Santos also served as the morning sports anchor for WBZ radio.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement on his passing:

Santos was in the booth for 743 Patriots games, 15 playoff runs and 6 Super Bowls. His signature call was of Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI, clinching the Patriots' first of five Super Bowl titles. 

He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013, only the second non-player to earn that honor. 

The versatile Santos also called basketball games for the Celtics and Providence College, as well as college football games for Boston College and Penn State. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Gil Santos was born in Acushnet and spent most of his adult life living in the town of Raynham. 

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