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Jerod Mayo's absence not injury-related

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Starting linebacker Jerod Mayo's absence from Wednesday's practice was not injury-related, but the New England Patriots had a longer list of players showing up on their first injury report of the week.

Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who missed Sunday's game, is now on the report with a shoulder injury; it's his left shoulder and he was limited in Wednesday's practice. Meanwhile, No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman (back), starting center Dan Connolly (knee) and running back Shane Vereen (shoulder) are new additions to the injury report, as all were limited in practice.

Safety Don Jones, who is tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles, missed the entire practice with a hamstring injury.

The players who were on the injury report last week remain limited in practice -- linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), backup center Ryan Wendell (knee), backup defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle) and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (left hand).