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Patriots Tuesday Practice Notes: Woodhead and Hernandez Cleared For Full Practice

The Patriots held their first practice today for the first time since they found out they would be facing the New York Jets in the second round of the playoffs.

Some of the notable players who fully participated in Tuesday's practice were runningback Danny Woodhead, tight end Aaron Hernandez, and center Dan Koppen.  Woodhead suffered a concussion and left New England's season finale game against the Miami Dolphins.  Hernandez missed the final two regular season games with a hip injury.  Hernandez's absence opened up for other rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski

Woodhead and Hernandez have been key components to the Patriots in their offensive attack against the Jets.  Woodhead was the leading receiver for the Patriots in their Week 13 victory over the Jets with four receptions and 104 yards.  Hernandez, was the Patriots in their Week three matchup against the Jets, as he had six receptions for 101 yards.

Missing at practice for the Patriots on Tuesday were defensive end Myron Pryor and outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham

Pryor, who has been out since Week 10 has been battling a back injury and isn't expected to play on Sunday.  The Patriots will likely turn to Kyle Love again along with Gerard Warren as the defensive ends with pro bowler Vince Wilfork in the middle in their 3-4 set.

Cunningham hasn't seen a lot of action since Week 15 as he has been battling a calf injury.  Cunningham primarily sees a lot of action in the Patriots 3-4 defense, with Rob Ninkovich starting as the other outside linebacker.  If Cunningham does not play, look for veteran Tully Banta-Cain to start in his place.