Rob Gronkowski was back at practice on Thursday, which is good new for the Patritos.
The All-Pro tight end, who injured his ankle in the AFC Championship game, practiced on a limited basis, according to PFWA pool reporter Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. It was Gronkowski's first practice since the injury took place.
"He did some things. He didn't do everything," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told Marvez.
"We'll see where he is tomorrow — whether that set him back, whether it didn't and whether he's able to continue to progress on a daily basis. But it was a good test for him, too, at least. At least he was out here and did some things to see how it feels. We'll see how it goes."
The rest of the Patriots were able to fully participate in the workout, held at the Colts' facility in Indianapolis. They will practice again on Friday, then a walk-through on Saturday before the game on Sunday evening.
The Friday practice would be "more review," according to Belichick. "Obviously, we don't have much new going in. Just kind of making sure everything we have going in we've got right."
That, and making sure their dynamic tight end is ready to go.