Connolly (concussion) back at Patriots practice

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Connolly (concussion) back at Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- Dan Connolly had been sidelined with a concussion since the second half of the Patriots' win over the Titans, but he was back at practice Thursday. He and the rest of his teammates were in full pads for the session.

Earlier this week Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported Connolly had a concussion that was mild enough that the guard wasn't expected to miss much time.

If Connolly is made available for Sunday's game it would be a boost for the Patriots interior offensive line, which spoke today of the challenges the Cardinals present both with their blitzes and their athletic defensive linemen.

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. 

The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.

Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards. 

The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disastrous fake punt against the Patriots last season.