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Patriots practice update: DE Rob Ninkovich & WR Malcolm Mitchell are full participants

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It might be cutdown day but that doesn’t mean the Patriots won’t practice.

The New England Patriots had to be under the 75-player limit by 4:00 p.m. ET, which was also when the team started today’s practice session. The session was held on the fields behind Gillette Stadium and under crystal-clear skies.

While the conditions where perfect, attendance was not:

Elandon Roberts was in attendance. While Steven Scheu has been released, Cre’Von LeBlanc [UDPATE: he is dealing with a hip injury] and Ramon Humber [UPDATE: he has been released] were not in attendance and are in jeopardy of losing their roster spots. LeBlanc in particular is noteworthy, as his chances of making the roster looked stellar before today.

While the players noted above missed the session, one returned:

Seeing Grugier-Hill return is obviously good news for the team’s linebacker position depth chart as well as for the rookie’s chances of making the team.

Grugier-Hill’s status was not the only one to change:

Jackson, who will officially open the season on PUP, joined Mason, Cooper and Amendola (who is also still on PUP) as the lone players doing conditioning work. Seeing Rob Ninkovich (triceps) and Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) not work out with them is obviously good news for the Patriots as both players project to be important options at their respective positions.