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Pats-Jets practice participation/injury report: Brady and Gronk return

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Pats-Jets practice participation/injury report: Brady and Gronk return

FOXBORO -- The Patriots held a walkthrough on Thursday and had two of their top players back in action for it. 

Both Tom Brady (left shoulder) and Rob Gronkowski (thigh) were listed as limited participants Thursday. Nate Solder, who missed Wednesday's practice for a non-injury related reason, was also back on the field and participating fully. 

Eric Rowe (groin) missed practice yet again, and he is looking highly unlikely to play this weekend. 

On the Jets end of things, they practiced for the second straight day without both running back Bilal Powll (calf) and defensive tackle Mohammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe). Powell is the team's leading rusher, and Wilkerson -- who signed a five-year $86 million contract last offseason -- is second only to Leonard Williams in terms of snaps played by Jets defensive linemen this year. 

Here is Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots-Jets game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady (left shoulder)
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

NEW YORK JETS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Bilal Powell (calf)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DL Kony Ealy (shoulder)
RB Matt Forte (knee/toe)

FULL PARTICIPATION
LB David Bass (ankle/knee)
DB Juston Burris (foot)
OL Kelvin Beachum (knee)
OL James Carpenter (shoulder)
TE Jordan Leggett (knee)
LB Josh Martin (ankle)
QB Josh McCown (right shoulder)
DK Steve McLendon (hamstring)
DB Darryl Roberts (hamstring)
OL Brandon Shell (shoulder)
DL Leonard Williams (wrist)
OL Brian Winters (abdomen)

Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

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Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will sign veteran receiver Kenny Britt. 

Britt, who was released by the Browns last week, has seen injuries and off-field issues interfere with a promising career since being chosen 30th overall by the Titans in 2009. He was suspended for four games in 2012, his final season with the Titans, before playing the next season with the Rams. This was his first season with the Browns, but he was released after making 18 catches over nine games. 

Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

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Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

This makes me feel like Felger, so apologies.

Malcolm Butler might not love Bill Belichick the GM, and there’s a chance he’s made some light commentary on Belichick the coach. 

After Monday night’s Patriots loss to the Dolphins, a Pro Football Focus graphic was posted detailing how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him. It was retweeted from Butler’s account. 

Though Butler un-retweeted it by Tuesday morning, the retweet was an interesting act. Twenty blitzes (by how PFF measures blitzes) is a high number. Was Butler just pointing out that Cutler had a good game or suggesting that maybe the Pats shouldn’t have kept blitzing when Cutler was responding to them so well. Might be a shot at Belichick or Matt Patricia. Might be something else. Might have misread "Cutler" for "Butler" and thought he was retweeting a compliment. Reading into social media is a gas.