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PHILADELPHIA – The Patriots wrapped up their final joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday afternoon with a light workout conducted in shorts and shells.

There was a large focus on special teams work and a handful of seven-on-seven workouts. Relative to the previous two days, the intensity throughout the day was low, though there were a few moments when things ramped up in seven-on-seven drills.

The big takeaway from the day was the health situation of cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who left the practice early with strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash. Dennard appeared to be moving gingerly and later returned to the sidelines, though he did not take the field. It seems unlikely that Dennard will play Friday night.

From a personnel standpoint, it’s interesting to see the amount of repetitions that rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld is receiving with the first-team offense. He still cycles in on the second and third units, but the bulk of his reps have been coming with Tom Brady at the helm.The rookie had another solid day, but it seems that he has a few dropped passes each practice.

Speaking of Brady, he took the majority of the snaps Thursday afternoon, with backups Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow only getting a brief amount of work.

The Eagles announced that Michael Vick will start for the Eagles Friday night.

Tight end Brandon Ford joining wide receivers Michael Jekins and Mark Harrison, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon, Dan Connolly, Marcus Zusevics, Kevin Haslam and Tyronne Green, tight end Rob Gronkoswski, cornerback Ras-I Dowling and defensive linemen Jermaine Cunningham and Armond Armstead did not practice.

Safety Devin McCourty wore a red non-contact jersey.