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Friday practice report

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  January 27, 2012 12:35 PM

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Globe colleague Shalise Manza Young reports that the Patriots' last practice of the season in Foxborough is missing only tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is reportedly suffering from a high left ankle sprain suffered during the AFC Championship game.

Once again the team is inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, but this time in full pads. Doesn't make any sense to practice outside in the rain when Super Bowl XLVI will be played in a climate-controlled, retractable-roof stadium.

The team is scheduled to leave for Indianapolis on Sunday, following a public send-off at Gillette Stadium, which is free to spectators and will begin at noon.

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