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News Blitz 8/23: Hightower among returners

Tuesday was an eventful day in Foxborough as the patriots welcomed back several players to practice. Dont'a Hightower, Mike Gillislee, Nate Solder and Deatrich Wise were among the injured players who returned to the practice field.

ESPNBoston.com reports Gillislee was a full participant in the workout after missing a couple of weeks with a sore hamstring. The Boston Globe has the Hightower news. MassLive.com has Bill Belichick appearing receptive to the idea of playing Hightower outside.

The Boston Globe says Cyrus Jones is catching on after a rough rookie season. The Boston Herald has similar views on Jones. ESPNBoston.com and the Boston Herald say we're watching a whole new version of Gronk.

Devin McCourty spoke to reporters and explained how he will keep his options open with regard to protesting the National Anthem. The Providence Journal has David Andrews looking to prove his worth to the Patriots. The Attleboro Sun Chronicle wonders if James O'Shaughnessy is the next Patriot to step out of the shadows. The Worcester Telegram has LaAdrian Waddle doing everything he can to earn a roster spot. The Boston Sports Journal has eight players who are facing a critical stretch.

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