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2016 Schedule

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returns to practice for the first time since pulling up Aug. 15. Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012 and this isn't likely to change that.

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Gronk rejoins Patriots following injury scare

Rob Gronkowski was present for stretching and warm-ups, and he mostly watched from the sideline as the Patriots continue to prepare for Friday's preseason game at the Carolina Panthers.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft chats with Bon Jovi at practice Wednesday.

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Defensive stars who could be MVPs of their teams (0:59)

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Asked how much he will play Friday at Carolina, and if he will start, QB Jimmy Garoppolo says, "Your guess is as good as mine." He adds that he is preparing as if he is the starter.

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Patriots feel Stork is not dependable (1:18)
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Pair of Patriots near top of #NFLRank

The Panthers also landed two players in the top 10, but Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both finished in the top six. The question is: Who ranks higher? #NFLRank: 25-1

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Looking ahead at the Pats' schedule

New England will hit the road for its next three games, traveling to Carolina and New York for preseason games before opening the season in Arizona on Sunday night.

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Brown is big for Patriots heading into 2016

As a first-round pick in 2015, Malcom Brown became a starter quickly. His mix of power and athleticism should make him a staple on New England's defensive line for years to come. Players who could have breakout seasons in 2016

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Brady working on his foot work in the pocket (0:07)
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QB Tom Brady works on shuffling his feet in the pocket while absorbing padded-arm hits during practice.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady goes through warmups at Tuesday's practice.

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New England rules Madden 17

Not only do the Patriots have the game's cover star -- Rob Gronkowski, a member of the 99 Club -- but they're tied for the best overall rating and tied for second in defensive rating. Oh yeah, and Tom Brady has 99 awareness. Ultimate Madden 17 preview

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Bill Belichick on his approach with QBs in third preseason game Friday at Carolina: "Nothing's changed. All three quarterbacks are extremely important, Jimmy's preparation for the Arizona opener is the most important. Nothing has changed and nothing is going to change. That's the way it's going to be."

Team Stats

Passing Yards286.75th
Rushing Yards87.830th
Points For28.93rd
Points Against19.710th

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