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.

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Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Dayton 500 in true Gronkowski form.

He appeared to be there promoting Monster Energy drink, and was therefore hanging with the Monster Girls, who were also promoting the drink. Gronkowski's herniated disc injury, which required surgery in December 2016, does not seem to be slowing him down as he gets warmed up for the Summer of Gronk.

During the race coverage on FOX Sports, Gronk delivered a speed limit joke, which is sure to make the 13-year-old in you chuckle. (You can watch it here.)

[H/T NESN.com]