Patriots post perfect attendance for a second day

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Patriots post perfect attendance for a second day

FOXBORO -- New England posted perfect practice attendance Friday before the AFC Championship. It marked the second consecutive full session this week. 
Placing Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Thursday has a lot to do with it. 
The tight end suffered his second forearm fracture of the season in last weekend's Divisional Playoff. Reports surfaced that Gronkowski's year was over before the game even ended; the Patriots made it official on yesterday's practice report. 
Consequently, the Patriots now have an open spot on the 53-man roster. How they might fill it remains to be seen. The team had just one player limited Thursday -- defensive end Chandler Jones. Cornerback Marquice Cole (finger), offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder), defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), and Danny Woodhead (thumb) were all upgraded from limited to full participation. 
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who had a non-injury related absence Wednesday, was removed from the participation report the following day. 
Players wore sweats and shells for Friday's practice session. They worked out on the Gillette Stadium turf. 

Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

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Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.