No Gronk at full-pads practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Injured tight end Rob Gronkowski was not present for the start of Patriots practice today.

Gronkowski has a high ankle sprain, his father told WIVB-TV in Western New York. He had been held out of Thursday's practice, the Patriots' first since advancing to Super Bowl XLVI.

Patriots reporters are present for the start of practice, which includes stretching and some agility drills, before departing. Usually when a player is not present for the start of practice, it means he'll miss the entire session.

The Patriots will file their official practice participation report today by 4 p.m. ET.

The team is practicing in full pads today. On Thursday, the practice was held in light shoulder pads and sweatpants.

For the second day in a row, the practice is being held in the Dana Farber Fieldhouse.

Gronkowski was the only Patriots player not present for the start of the practice.