“You know what? If Rice gets five carries or 30 carries, he’s making a lot of yards,” said Mayo. “He’s a dangerous player. He’s strong, fast, has great hands out of the backfield. And he’s short, so it’s kind of hard to see him, but he’s strong, like a big back.”
Mankins (hip) and defensive end Brandon Deaderick (ankle) were additions to the injury report, both limited in practice. Two Patriots did not practice: Hernandez and defensive tackle Justin Francis, both of whom have ankle injuries. In addition to Mankins and Deaderick, eight other Patriots were limited: offensive linemen Dan Connolly (concussion), Nick McDonald (shoulder), and Sebastian Vollmer (back); cornerbacks Sterling Moore (knee) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring); running back Shane Vereen (foot); tight end Daniel Fells (shin); and receiver Brandon Lloyd (thigh) . . . The Patriots made a minor practice-squad move involving receivers, re-signing Greg Salas and releasing Kerry Taylor.