Spikes returns to Patriots practice

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Spikes returns to Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) returned to practice on Thursday, but the other two players who missed Wednesday's fully-padded session were once again missing.

Running back Steven Ridley and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (foot) were the only two Patriots players not present at the beginning of Thursday's sweats and shells practice at Gillette Stadium.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PRACTICE: RB Stevan Ridley (not injury related), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), S Patrick Chung (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Julian Edelman (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), RB Shave Vereen (hamstring), WR Wes Welker (knee), C Ryan Wendell (calf), RB Danny Woodhead (abdomen).

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DL Chris Baker (quad), S LaRon Landry (groin).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Terrence Austin (hamstring), DE Stephen Bowen (knee), T Jammal Brown (hip), LB London Fletcher (ankle), S DeJon Gomes, CB DeAngelo Hall (back), G Maurice Hurt (knee), P Sav Rocca (left ankle).

FULL PARTICIPATION: QB Rex Grossman (left shoulder), FB Darrel Young (head).

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.