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. 

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.