After a walkthrough yesterday, the New England Patriots is holding another practice in preparation for Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles today. The session is currently taking place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots with almost perfect attendance: Only one player, defensive tackle Malcom Brown, is not part of the early portions of the session.
As has been the case the last two days, Brown is absent because of an ankle injury. The 23-year old played 58 of 74 snaps last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was on the field for the game’s final defensive series. It therefore appears as if the team is likely just playing it safe with its best defensive tackle to give him enough rest heading into Super Bowl week.
Of course, the big news of the day is the return of two players: Tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr. are back after missing the last two practices due to concussions. Seeing them practice is a good sign that they will soon be officially removed from the league's concussion protocol and should be good to go next Sunday against the Eagles.