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Gronkowski not practicing for Patriots, Mankins, Hightower limited

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is helped off the field after being injured during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


The Patriots have a lengthy injury list as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

The most significant injury to keep an eye on is the hip injury that has been hampering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who sat out practice today.

The Patriots got better news about guard Logan Mankins, who sat out Sunday’s game against the Bills with a calf injury, but was able to practice on a limited basis today. Also limited was linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who’s dealing with a hamstring injury.

Other Patriots who were out of practice today were receiver Julian Edelman (hand), safety Steve Gregory (hip), tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion).

Limited today were running back Brandon Bolden (knee), quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder), defensive end Brandon Deaderick (ankle), defensive tackle Justin Francis (ankle), center Nick McDonald (shoulder), cornerback Sterling Moore (knee), running back Shane Vereen (foot) and tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back).

The Broncos didn’t have any players miss practice today, but linebacker Nate Irving (concussion) and guard Chris Kuper (forearm) were limited.