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Injured Mankins makes progress

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Injured left guard Logan Mankins returned to practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and was limited in his participation, but coach Bill Belichick saw enough progress that it could come down to a game-time decision.

Mankins isn't the only injured player in that category.

"I think we've seen progress out of everybody [on the injury report]," Belichick said Thursday morning. "All the guys are out there working and I think each one of them is making progress, and we'll see how things go here after stringing these days together. We'll probably have some game-time decisions. But definitely, a lot of these guys are close and getting better."

Mankins, who reportedly sprained his MCL in the Dec. 24 win over the Dolphins and hasn't played since, is scheduled to address reporters early this afternoon.

He was one of 15 players who were limited in practice on Wednesday.