Gronkowski only Patriot missing from Friday workout

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Gronkowski only Patriot missing from Friday workout

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, dealing with a high-ankle sprain, was once again missing from Patriots practice on Friday. He was the only player missing from Friday's fully-padded session.

Gronkowski also missed Thursday's practice, and was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's "projected" practice report, after injuring the ankle in the AFC Championship last Sunday.

The team worked inside the bubble at Gillette Stadium.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Deion Branch (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), DL Kyle Love (ankle), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen).
FULL PARTICIPATION: C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder).
NEW YORK GIANTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Will Blackmon (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), CB Cory Webster (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (foot).
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: C David Bass (abdomenneck), LB Chase Blackburn (calf), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankleknee).
FULL PARTICIPATION: S Tyler Sash (concussion).

Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

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Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement). CSN has confirmed that Ehrhoff has indeed agreed to a PTO with the Bruins, and he'll report to the team sometime this weekend.

The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.