Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 12/22/11
The Patriots had a good news/bad news situation at today’s shells practice on the Gillette Stadium field. On one hand, they welcomed back two players, but then another key asset was missing. TE Aaron Hernandez, who missed yesterday for non-injury reasons, was back today looking totally normal. That’s a good sign after his big day on Sunday. And so was RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who was running around following missing practice yesterday with an illness. However, LB Brandon Spikes, who has been slow to return from a sprained MCL he suffered against the Giants, was surprisingly out. That’s not a great sign for his return on Saturday. That could mean he had a setback. If Spikes didn’t practice today, it would be tough to throw him in there against the Dolphins. And finally, S Patrick Chung was back leading sprints. After missing all of last week, it looks like  that rest helped. Still, as we know, it does no good to offer predictions on his status.
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