Gronkowski, Love miss practice

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski was the only player to miss Wednesday’s Patriots practice because of an injury, although a league source maintains he will return to practice this week.

Gronkowski has missed three games with a broken forearm, an injury suffered Nov. 18. He had surgery the next day, and is supposed to be out from four to eight weeks.

The only other player who didn’t practice was Kyle Love, who had permission to miss. He and his wife, Constance, welcomed the birth of their first child, a son, on Wednesday.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes wasn’t spotted at the beginning of practice, but according to the team-issued report, he was on the field inside the Dana-Farber bubble, limited with knee and ankle injuries.

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Fifteen other Patriots were also listed under limited: defensive backs Kyle Arrington (knee), Patrick Chung (shoulder/hamstring), Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), and Aqib Talib (hip); defensive linemen Ron Brace (elbow) and Chandler Jones (ankle); offensive linemen Dan Connolly (back), Logan Mankins (ankle/calf), Nick McDonald (shoulder), and Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee); tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle); linebackers Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) and Tracy White (elbow); and receivers Brandon Lloyd (knee) and Wes Welker (ankle).

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