Mankins among five missing at Patriots practice

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Mankins among five missing at Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- New England held its first full practice of the week on an unseasonably warm Thursday afternoon and five players were missing from the start of the shorts-and-shells session: safety Steve Gregory, running back Brandon Bolden, linebacker Tracy White, guard Logan Mankins and tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Bolden left Sunday's game against Seattle because of a knee injury. He was absent from the team's walkthrough on Wednesday.White has been missing since the Patriots' Week 5 game against Denver.
Gregory, who participated in the walkthrough, has been rehabbing since hurting his hip in Buffalo.
Both Hernandez (ankle) and Mankins (calfhip) were listed as "limited" on Wednesday's participation report.

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter