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News Blitz 1/8: Prepping for playoffs

After completing another walkthrough at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, the Patriots will get the weekend off as they await their opponent in next week's divisional round. Like the rest of us, the players and coaches will watch wild card weekend as they begin in earnest their prep work for next Saturday evening.

Count Rob Gronkowski in that group as ESPNBoston.com says the tight end is a big fan of playoff football.

In injury news, Nate Ebner appeared at the walkthrough wearing a cast on his right arm.

The Providence Journal offers a guide for Patriots fans for wild card weekend. As more players return, Devin McCourty has seen a rise in team morale.

NESN.com says a glimpse into Belichick's coaching can be found in a feature highlighting the Houston Texans game-planning.

ESPN.com wonders if the hiring ofPaul DePodesta leads to Patricia as the next head coach in Cleveland.

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