Hernandez at third straight practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was present for the start of his third straight practice on Friday, increasing his chances of playing on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Hernandez did not play in the team's last game on Oct. 28 in London after suffering as setback in his recovery from an ankle injury, according to senior NFL writer John Clayton.

Meanwhile, linebacker Tracy White (foot), defensive end Trevor Scott (hamstring), and running back Brandon Bolden (knee) were not spotted at the start of Friday's practice. All three players will likely be declared out for Sunday's game on Friday's injury report.