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Week 11 Patriots at 49ers: Wednesday injury report; TE Rob Gronkowski misses practice

New England’s star tight end was the lone absentee today.

After losing to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the New England Patriots have returned to the practice fields to prepare for another NFC West team: the San Francisco 49ers. Today, both the Patriots and their week 11 opponents have released their first injury reports of the season.

The Patriots’ looks as follows:

TE Rob Gronkowski (Chest): Did not practice

TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle): Limited participation

DT Alan Branch (Back): Limited participation

WR Julian Edelman (Foot): Limited participation

WR Chris Hogan (Back): Limited participation

The limited participants were all listed on last week’s final injury report as well. Despite that, all four were active on Sunday against the Seahawks and played more (Bennett, Branch, Edelman) and less (Hogan) prominent roles. Consequently, they should all be ready to make the trip to San Francisco.

The same cannot be said for Rob Gronkowski, the lone absentee of today’s practice session, just yet. The game’s best tight end suffered an undisclosed chest injury against Seattle, which has put his availability for the upcoming game in jeopardy. Ideally, the Patriots give him all the time needed — and then some — to fully recover from the injury, even if this means missing Sunday’s game.

Quarterback Tom Brady, on the other hand, was not listed on the injury report. He was limping after he took a hit to the knee-area on Sunday but apparently was able to practice without limitations today.

While New England’s injury report is rather short, San Francisco’s is not:

WR Torrey Smith (Shoulder): Did not participate

CB Tramaine Brock (Hamstring): Limited participation

DT Quinton Dial (Knee/Neck): Limited participation

DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee): Limited participation

LB Eli Harold (Toe): Limited participation

OC Daniel Kilgore (Hamstring/Calf): Limited participation

LB Aaron Lynch (Ankle): Limited participation

CB Rashard Robinson (Knee): Limited participation

OG Zane Beadles (Ankle/Knee): Full participation

RB Carlos Hyde (Shoulder): Full participation

FS Eric Reid (Knee): Full participation

On the same day as Bill Belichick lauded Smith as one of the NFL’s big play threats, the wide receiver missed practice due to a shoulder injury.