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INDIANAPOLIS — The Patriots completed a two-and-a-half-hour practice Wednesday afternoon at the Colts' team headquarters, according to a Super Bowl pool report filed by FOX Sports' Alex Marvez.

TE Rob Gronkowski, who is battling a left ankle injury suffered in the AFC title game vs. the Ravens, was the only player who didn't participate during Wednesday's session.

"He's day-to-day," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told Marvez. "He's getting better, but we'll just take it day-to-day."

OT Sebastian Vollmer (foot/back) worked on a limited basis.

"He did a little bit today," Belichick said. "We'll see how he does tomorrow."

OLT Matt Light has been fighting an illness this week, but he participated fully in practice.

"We had our moments — some good ones and some things we've got to work on," Belichick said afterward. "They're trying. They're working hard. We've got a ways to go, though.

"We've had a little bit of extra time to prepare, so we hit all the areas. I thought we had good tempo and good timing. We'll back down a little bit the next couple of days."

Marvez reported that the Patriots blasted loud music through much of the workout inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in an effort to prepare for the crowd noise expected during the Super Bowl inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

"We can make it loud enough so that (the players) can't hear," said Belichick. "As long as they can't hear, you have to do silent communications, whether it's on defense with hand signals or offense with tapping the center (for the snap) and all that."

The Patriots have not played a game inside a dome all season.

In addition to standard game preparation that included 11-on-11, 7-on-7, goal-line and two-minute drills, Marvez reports the Patriots spent a part of Wednesday's session working on kickoffs and kickoff coverage. Belichick noted that kickoffs are usually practiced on Thursday, but the team is a day ahead from having conducted a full-pads practice Monday in Indianapolis.

"Today is like Thursday for us during the season," Belichick said. "We do punt and punt return on Wednesday, which was Monday."

Marvez reported that the Patriots' practice on Thursday will be shorter and serve as more of a review of things that were accomplished on Wednesday, according to Belichick.


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