Vollmer, Connolly back at practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots' offensive line received a boost for practice on Thursday, with offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer and Dan Connolly back on the field after missing Wednesday's session.

Vollmer (back/knee) missed last Thursday's game in New York, while Connolly (back) started but was replaced early in the fourth quarter.

Guard Logan Mankins (ankle/calf), tackle Markus Zusevics (illness), tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip), and defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) were not spotted for the second straight day.

The Patriots practiced outdoors again on Thursday. They were in light shoulder pads after practicing in full pads on Wednesday.