All Patriots players present for practice

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All Patriots players present for practice

FOXBORO -- All Patriots were present for Thursday's "sweats and shells" practice inside the bubble, on a rainy day at Gillette Stadium.

Defensive tackle Kyle Love, who missed Wednesday's practice for non-injury related reasons, was back on the field.

The Pats had 15 players with "limited participation" on Wednesday, one of whom was offensive lineman Logan Mankins.

Bill Belichick was asked about Mankins' health (knee) before Thursday's practice, and he seemed optimistic about all of his banged up players.

"I think we've seen progress out of everybody," said Belichick. "All the guys are out there working. I think each one of them is making progress. We'll see how things go here, after stringing these days together. We'll probably have some game-time decisions. But definitely, a lot of these guys are close. And we're getting better."
When the practice report was released, four players who were listed as limited on Wednesday (and who, indeed, had been on the practice report for weeks) -- Patrick Chung, Julian Edelman, Matt Light and Devin McCourty -- were not only taken off the limited list, but off the practice report completely. None of the four was listed as having an injury, which can only be interpreted as meaning all are now healthy.
However, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) was added to the list as a limited participant.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), C Dan Connolly (groin), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen).
DENVER BRONCOS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Brian Dawkins (neck), WR Eric Decker (knee), LS Lonie Paxton (personal).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S David Bruton (Achilles), TE Daniel Fells (ankle), DE Elvis Dumervil (ankle).
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Von Miller (thumb).

Saturday, Dec. 3: Vesey couldn't be happier with Rangers

Saturday, Dec. 3: Vesey couldn't be happier with Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking to avoid any and all updates on Kanye West. I’ve officially maxed out on my Kanye updates for the next four or five years. 

*Jimmy Vesey left a trail of broken hearts and hard feelings across the NHL this summer, but he’s happy in New York with the Rangers. 

*There is still a pathway for the NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, says FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston, but I’m pretty skeptical about it and have been for a few years now. I just don’t see it happening in South Korea. 

*The New York Islanders are reportedly looking for a big name executive to take over their entire hockey operation. 

*Speaking of the Islanders, Alain Vigneault is using them as an example of parity in the NHL to motivate the Rangers.

*A big blow for the Detroit Red Wings as they’ve lost gritty forward Justin Abdelkader for the next few weeks. 

*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is looking to add depth to their roster as the Sens appear in it to at least get a playoff spot this year. That is bad news for anybody that likes to watch, you know, entertaining hockey and stuff. 

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford says that the Colorado Avalanche core group has come under heavy scrutiny as they’re struggling again this season. 

*For something completely different: Saving the bees is a year-round job that everybody should be interested in based on their impact across the world. 

Beleskey knocked out of Bruins game with lower body injury

Beleskey knocked out of Bruins game with lower body injury

The Bruins have added another injury to their current collection of banged-up players. 

This time it’s scrappy left winger Matt Beleskey, who was knocked out of Saturday’s game in Buffalo in the first period with a check thrown at his lower body. Beleskey was hit with a body check targeting his right leg at center ice from Buffalo forward Tyler Fedun, and skated gingerly to the bench before eventually heading back to the dressing room. 

There was no penalty called on a borderline hit that seemed to be targeting Beleskey’s leg. The Bruins announced in the middle of the second period that he was done for the day with a lower body injury. Beleskey finished the day with three registered hits and was 1-for-2 in the faceoff circle with six shifts for 5:27 of ice time in the second period. 

The 28-year-old Beleskey had managed to stay pretty healthy this season to this point, but was underachieving a bit offensively with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 23 games this season.