National Post

Injured Pats’ star receivers on practice field


FOXBOROUGH, Mas . • Key offensive weapons Ro- b Gron kowski and Julian Edelman were both back on the New England Patriots practice field Friday, and Gronkowski has a chance to play Sunday night at Houston.

The tight end, who has m- issed one game since hurt ing his right knee in a loss to Denver Nov. 29, had his s- econd day of limited prac tice Friday and was listed as questionab­le when the team released its injury report.

“I’m doing everything I can to get better every single day and it feels good to be back j ust with my teammates,” Gronkowski said during a 20- second encounter with reporters after practice. “Just mentally, it feels good to be back with them out on the practice field — and any other questions you just have to talk to CoBach ( ill) Belichick.”

Earlier in the day, Belichick said when asked about how Gronkowski looks: “We’ll list on the injury report whatever his situation is.”

The Patriots have lost two games in a row for the first time since 2012. They haven’t dropped three straight since 2002. Clearly,- having Gron kowski back would help New England deal with JJ Watt, f-ormer Patriots defensive line man Vince Wilfork and the rest of the Texans defence on Sunday night.

Edelman, who has missed the last three games after b- reaking his left foot, ap peared for the first time at practice but is officially out for Sunday.

Edelman declined to say how much he was able to do.

Edelman leads the Patriots with 61 catches. Gronkowski is second with 57.

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