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Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski Skips Practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missed Wednesday's practice, the team's first since he injured his left ankle in the AFC title game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Gronkowski was seen wearing a removable boot on his left foot on Monday.

The second-year star, who set an NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches, was one of 15 Patriots on the first injury report of the Super Bowl off-week. Among the others were receiver Wes Welker, guard Logan Mankins and linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who all had limited participation in practice.

Gronkowski limped off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-20 win over Baltimore but returned about five minutes later.

The Patriots will play the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

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