NFL Updates: Why Gronkowski, Brady, Edelman And Jordan Richards Are Absent On Wednesday Patriots' Practice?

By Alex Ramsey, Posted: 12/01/16 04:45AM EST

The New England Patriots have started and ended the practice on Wednesday without three of the team's key players. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Julian Edelman did not participate in Patriots' practice.

They are all dealing with injury issues. Safety Jordan Richards was also absent in the practice.

CBS Boston reported that Gronkowski suffered a back injury in their 22-17 win against the New York Jets after he left the field in the first quarter and did not return in the game. Earlier this month, Gronk suffered a chest injury after Earl Thomas did a hard tackle on him.

On the other hand, Brady has been dealing with some swelling and pain in his knee and right quad. He also missed practices last week, both Wednesday and Thursday, but still managed to practice on Friday and play their game on Sunday.

Brady said that last week was a long week and he's happy that the week is over. He continued, "I think everybody's battling through different things and you just do the best you can do. It's a long season, and every week starts fresh again. And, you know, I'm glad it's over. And I'm glad we won."

John Howe of Boston Herald posted on his twitter account that Brady was required to do the round-clock-treatment over the last two weeks as his knee/quad was nasty looking and swollen.

Meanwhile, Edelman as per has been limited in practice because he is nursing a foot injury most of the season. Although Edelman has been dealing with an injury, he still finished the game last Sunday with 8 catches for 83 yards, including a clutch 24-yard grab on the game-winning drive that came with Darrelle Revis in coverage. 

Richards also suffered a knee injury against the Jets but he walked off the field on his own and later returned to action and spoke limitedly to reporters after the game. The good thing for the Patriots was that Jacoby Brissett and Matthew Slater returned to practice on Wednesday.

Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett was back to the practice field as he was chosen to be the player that will be activated off injured reserve this season. Matthew Slater come back to the practice after he injured his foot against San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 20.

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