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Quick Kicks: Fri 11/16 practice & locker room notes

Temps are staying brisk, but the sun was back out for Friday’s Patriots practice. As most Fridays before home games, the session was held on the Gillette Stadium field where Sunday’s Colts contest will take place. Players dressed in sweatpants, shells, and helmets.


Missing from action for the third consecutive day was starting left guard/co-captain Logan Mankins (left ankle, hip, calf), but wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) and right guard Dan Connolly (back) were back on the field after missing the past two workouts.

Linebacker Tracy White (left foot) was also back on the field after being seen leaving it yesterday.

Head coach Bill Belichick said prior to practice that he's spent some time working with new cornerback Aqib Talib one-on-one. "I think he's coming along," added Belichick. "We'll find out today when it all comes together — review day. We segment things along the way and then Friday is more a pull-it-all-together. So, we'll see how it goes today."

Belichick also indicated that Talib, who has just come off a four-week NFL suspension, is at a level of conditioning in line "with what we're doing."

Player interviews in the locker room will begin after practice, around 1:30 EST.

UPDATE… 2:39 pm

Welker spoke briefly about getting back on the practice field this afternoon. "It felt good," he said. "It's nice to get out there, get some reps, and hopefully get ready for the game."

UPDATE… 4:03 pm

Mankins is officially listed as DOUBTFUL to play Sunday versus the Colts, while 16 other teammates are QUESTIONABLE, including Welker and Connolly.

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