Ellis returns to practice, eager for more reps

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Ellis returns to practice, eager for more reps

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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FOXBORO When you look at the New England Patriots defensive line, the talent is undeniable. But can the players making up the D-line stay healthy enough for us to find out how good it can be?

Shaun Ellis, among the banged-up Patriots this preseason, returned to practice on Monday after nursing a hip injury. And Ellis, a two-time Pro Bowler, understands both the benefit and the burden that comes with being part of a defensive front with such proven depth.

"Definitely a plus," Ellis said. "We have a lot of guys who are playmakers."

You can count Ellis among them, although injuries and the need to evaluate the team's unproven talent has limited his reps thus far.

With the third preseason game on Saturday at Detroit, Ellis is hopeful that he'll see some action.

"It's very important," Ellis said when asked about preseason reps. "With the offseason, lockout, the preseason is very important for us."

It's especially valuable for a player like Ellis, who finds himself suiting up for a team other than the Jets for the first time ever.

Camp thus far has been about "refining things" for Ellis.

He said, "I've played in a lot of systems over the years. For me, it's just going out there, being ready."

Ellis' biggest hurdle thus far has been his health, which he says is now as good as it's been since he signed with New England earlier this month.

And now it's all about doing what he wasn't able to do with the Jets -- contribute to a Super Bowl-winning team.

"It's all about winning," Ellis said. "I've been on the other side of this thing for a while. I had a couple chances at it; didn't come through. Still pushing, trying to get to the ultimate goal."

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Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

The Patriots lost another offensive weapon when, days after Rob Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery, Danny Amendola hobbled off the field with a foot injury in New England's 26-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the extent of the injury:

Amendola's absence creates an immediate issue on special teams, but also thins the wide-receiver corps as the team heads down the final stretch and attempts to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.

It came at a significant cost to their defense.

Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

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