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News Blitz 12/7: Hogan returns

The Patriots got back to work on Wednesday and while there were some notable absences at practice – including Tom Brady for third straight Wednesday – the team did welcome back wide receiver Chris Hogan.

ESPN.com says Hogan is shifting his focus from rehab to the game plan.

The aftermath of Rob Gronkowski's suspension continues to draw attention and Bill Belichick addressed the situation by explaining how he needs to do a better job of ensuring that his players maintain their composure as play gets chippy. The Boston Globe says the NFL wanted to be firm but no excessive with Gronkowski's punishment.

Jonathan Freeny signed to take the open roster spot left by Gronk's absence.

Josh McDaniels has been at the forefront of rumors regarding the vacant New York Giants head coach position and the Boston Herald says the offensive coordinator's talents will be on display Monday night. SI.com says the Patriots could be involved in the Giants openings.

The Herald says Malcom Brown has settled into a lead role in the Patriots locker room. The Herald also looks at the defense's recent trend of takeaways in the red zone. The Worcester Telegram believes complacency may be the Patriots biggest foe Monday night in Miami. MassLive.com wonders how the Patriots offense will attack the Dolphins without Gronkowski. Shaq Mason is coming into his own as a dominant guard according to NBC Sports Boston.

In other news, Roger Goodell signed his contract extension.

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