HOUSTON -- The Patriots completed their second practice of the week without incident, it appears. Rookie defensive lineman Vincent Valentine was added to the team's injury report with a back issue and was listed as a limited participant. Otherwise, the injury report was unchanged from Wednesday.
Valentine dealt with a back issue earlier in the year that forced him to miss Weeks 5, 6 and 7. The tackle out of Nebraska has played 32 percent of the snaps this year, helping to fill in behind fellow big-bodied linemen Alan Branch and Malcom Brown.
On the Falcons side of things, Dwight Freeney did not participate due to a calf injury. Here's Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for Super Bowl LI.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
DT Alan Branch (toe)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DT Vincent Valentine (back)
DB Nate Ebner (concussion)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Dwight Freeney (calf)
WR Julio Jones (toe)
C Alex Mack (fibula)
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.