Vollmer, Connolly return to Patriots practice

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Vollmer, Connolly return to Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- New England's banged-up offensive line saw two of its injured starters return to practice on Thursday.

Both tackle Sebastian Vollmer and guard Dan Connolly were back on the grass practice field at Gillette Stadium during the media portion of Thursday's session. Vollmer (backknee) and Connolly (back) missed Wednesday's practice.

Missing from Thursday's practice were tight end Rob Gronkowski, guard Logan Mankins, defensive end Chandler Jones and and tackle Markus Zusevics.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported on Wednesday that Jones would likely miss Sunday's game in Miami with an ankle injury.

Players wore shells and shorts (or sweatpants) on a sunny but chilly day at Gillette where temperatures hung near the upper 30-degree range.

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