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Perfect attendance: Mitchell, Gillislee back at Patriots practice

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Perfect attendance: Mitchell, Gillislee back at Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had all 53 players on the active roster, and one other potential contributor, back on the field for Thursday's practice. It was a rare instance of the team having perfect attendance for a late-season practice. 

Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and linebacker Marquis Flowers (illness) both were present for the workout after missing Wednesday's session. Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the team's first two practices this week, was also on the field and seemed to be in good spirits during warmups. 

Mitchell is still on injured reserve, but he can be activated to the roster at any point. In order to play in the Divisional Round, he'll have to be activated by Friday afternoon. 

When asked Thursday morning if the Patriots planned on having Mitchell back at any point during the postseason, Bill Belichick deflected. 

"I don’t know," he said. "I’ll certainly let you know as soon as – if that happens, we’ll let you know as soon as possible. There won’t be a second of delay."

Gillislee missed the regular-season finale against the Jets with a knee issue, and Thursday marked his first practice since playing against the Bills in Week 16.

BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to Super Bowl LII vs. Eagles

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to Super Bowl LII vs. Eagles

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles discuss the Patriots comeback victory vs. the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game to advance to the Super Bowl and Tom Brady’s ability to lead the Patriots to a win when trailing late in games.

5:56 - Tom Curran and Michael Hurley talk about Danny Amendola’s clutch catches in the playoffs, and how he has become one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets in big games. 

10:33 - Jeff Howe joins BST to discuss Tom Brady never scoring in the 1st quarter of the Super Bowl and if that could change vs. the Eagles. 

14:48 - Holley, Giles, and Howe talk about Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson’s comments saying he wants to “dethrone” the “pretty boy” Tom Brady. 

EX PATS PODCAST: Recapping Patriots win in AFC title game over Jags

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EX PATS PODCAST: Recapping Patriots win in AFC title game over Jags

1:45 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen break down the Patriots comeback win over Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LII.

4:20 - Leonard Fournette not looking like himself but Blake Bortles making the right plays against the Patriots defense.

7:40 - A couple of mistakes from the Jaguars, punting before 2 minute warning which gave the Patriots an extra timeout, and kneeling at the end of the 1st half with 2 timeouts and 50 seconds remaining.

12:10 - Dion Lewis struggling to find room and make anyone miss against the Jaguars defense.

13:20 - How serious Tom Brady's thumb injury was and if it had any affect on how he was able to throw the ball.

16:05 - Brandin Cooks has his best game as a Patriot, and how he was able to draw two pass interference penalties against the Jaguars secondary.

18:45 - If the hit by Barry Church on Rob Gronkowski was a dirty hit and if it is better to hit a receiver up high or down low.

24:25 - Danny Amendola with several clutch catches, once again coming back big in the postseason for the Patriots.