FOXBORO -- Tight end Aaron Hernandez and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis both returned to Patriots practice on Thursday at Gillette Stadium, in preparation for Saturday's game with the Miami Dolphins. It marks the team's last practice before Friday's walkthrough.
Missing from the sweats and shells session was linebacker Brandon Spikes and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), WR Deion Branch (groin), S Patrick Chung (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Julian Edelman (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S Vincent Fuller (forearm), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), RB Shane Vereen (hamstring), G Brian Waters (ankle), WR Wes Welker (knee).
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Anthony Fasano (head).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: T Jake Long (back), WR Brandon Marshall (knee).
FULL PARTICIPATION: CB Will Allen (wrist).
0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.
7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.
11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far.
16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions.
HOUSTON - Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.
After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.
Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.