Pats missing Hernandez, two others at practice

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Pats missing Hernandez, two others at practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were missing three players at the beginning of Thursday's fully-padded practice at Gillette Stadium. Tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and defensive lineman Justin Francis, and practice squad wide receiver Kerry Taylor were all absent.

Meanwhile, practice squad wide receiver Greg Salas' returned presence on Thursday may mean that he's taken Taylor's spot on the roster.