Week 16: Friday practice peek

The Patriots are practicing on the lower practice field behind Gillette Stadium today, and there are several players missing — while several players returned.

Not spotted were: S James Sanders, G Dan Connolly, DL Mike Wright and DL Brandon Deaderick. Deaderick (shoulder) took part in practice yesterday, so perhaps he had a setback.

The players who returned were: Deion Branch, Tully Banta-Cain, Jermaine Cunningham and Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez (hip) was by himself with a member of the strength and conditioning staff.

The injury report and players’ statuses for Sunday’s game will come out around 4 p.m.

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