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Dennard returns to practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session to attend a pretrial hearing in Nebraska.

The Patriots listed Dennard's absence on Wednesday as non-injury related. The hearing precedes Dennard's trial (for an April 21, 2012 arrest), which will begin on Feb. 11.

Otherwise, the Patriots had nearly perfect attendance at the start of Thursday's practice, with tight end Rob Gronkowski (broken forearm) the only player not spotted.

The Patriots will release an updated injury report later Thursday, and will hold their final practice of the week on Friday.