Jones (ankle), Woodhead (thumb) practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring/knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) were not spotted at the start of Wednesday's practice, the team's first before Sunday's AFC Championship game.

Dennard was on the field for the final play of Sunday's win over the Houston Texans, so his absence at Wednesday's practice was a surprise.

Meanwhile, defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) and running back Danny Woodhead (thumb) were on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice. Both players were injured in Sunday's game and did not return.

The Patriots practiced inside Gillette Stadium in cold and rainy conditions.