Talib, Amendola still not at practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) once again were not spotted at the start of practice on Thursday, the second consecutive day that they have been absent for the media availability portion of the on-field work.

The two were among four nonparticipants during Wednesday's practice, as defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) and running back Leon Washington (ankle) were once again absent. Starting right guard Dan Connolly (concussion) returned to practice after sitting out on Wednesday. He left Sunday's game due to the injury, pushing Marcus Cannon into starting duties.

As has been the case throughout the regular season, tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) was present for the practice, which was conducted in shoulder pads and helmets.