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GNOTD: Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer, Dont'a Hightower & Chandler Jones All Present for Today's Walkthrough

The Patriots won't play this weekend but they are still preparing for their next challenge.

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For the first time since early October, the New England Patriots have a weekend off. They are still on a tight schedulebut will use the time to do two things: get ready to play whoever they will meet on January 16 and – most importantly –get healthy.

The team has been plagued by injuries on both sides of the ball and limped towards the playoffs, especially after it was clear that the team has earned the AFC's number two seed and a first-round playoff bye. It seems that the team is slowly getting healthier, though, if today's walkthrough practice session is an indicator.

According to various media reports, the following players, who have all suffered injuries during the regular season, were present for today's walkthrough:

WR Danny Amendola

QB Tom Brady

SS Patrick Chung

CB Justin Coleman

WR Julian Edelman

LB Jonathan Freeny

LB Dont'a Hightower

DE Chandler Jones

DE Rob Ninkovich

OT Sebastian Vollmer

OT LaAdrian Waddle

Starting free safety Devin McCourty was not spotted by members of the Patriots' beat but could very well have been present for the session. After all, he was active for last Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins and no injury was announced during the game.

Overall, it seems as if New England is on its way to enter the playoffs at full strength, although we won't officially know each player's respective injury status until the team releases its first injury report next week. Still, to see all those players present for today's session is a very encouraging sign.