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)
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)
DL Kony Ealy (shoulder)
RB Matt Forte (knee/toe)
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)
After an offseason of talk about wrestling, motocross, retirement and "hogwash" trade rumors, Rob Gronkowski will be back in Foxboro when the Patriots report to training camp next week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
So while there will be no holdout, there is the matter of a restructured contract. There's no new deal yet, but the All-Pro tight end, 29, is signed through 2018 and is set to earn a base salary of $8 million this season. He's the fourth-highest paid tight end in the league.
In June at his appearance at mandatory mini-camp (after he and Tom Brady stayed away from voluntary workouts), when asked if he was looking for a new deal, Gronkowski answered, "Who wouldn't?"
Gronk's dissatisfaction with the Patriots goes back to last training camp, according to NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, but he told ex-Patriot Willie McGinest of the NFL Network earlier this month he was "super ready" to return.
The Patriots' first workout is Thursday, July 26 - one day after the veterans' reporting date. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski was at the Patriots facility on Monday.
Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo may not be donning the headset and his abnormally large clipboard anymore, but that didn’t stop him from commenting on the team’s new left tackle.
McAdoo, who was fired after a 2-10 start in the 2017 season, addressed a number of topics in an interview with The New York Post, including Nate Solder, who’s free-agent pact with the Giants made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league
“I don’t think he’s a very good player,” McAdoo said. “But I think it will help them in a lot of ways where they needed help in that room in the past and they haven’t had anyone to do that.”
While Solder’s high price tag certainly carries some risk, he is undoubtedly an upgrade to an offensive line that Pro Football Focus ranked as the 7th worst in the league in 2017.
Solder, New England’s first-round pick in 2011, played seven seasons with the Patriots before signing with New York and protected Tom Brady’s blindside in three Super Bowls.