Feb 2, 2012 3:13 AM by Lee Douglas

Gronkowski misses practice while Giants have perfect attendance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Gronkowski has missed his fourth straight practice with the New England Patriots with a high left ankle sprain.

With only four days to go before the Super Bowl, the All-Pro tight end still hasn't worked out with his teammates in Indianapolis. The Patriots returned to practice on Wednesday after holding meetings and film sessions on Tuesday.

Gronkowski, who set an NFL single-season record with 17 touchdown receptions, was hurt late in the third quarter of the 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game Jan. 22.

He had worn a protective boot for a week until shedding it Monday. He said at Tuesday's media day that his ankle was improving daily. But he wouldn't say if he would play Sunday against the New York Giants.

The New York Giants had perfect attendance for their first Super Bowl practice in Indiana.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker Jacquian Williams and receiver Hakeem Nicks all worked on a limited basis Wednesday at the University of Indianapolis

Bradshaw, who has been restricted to one practice a week with a broken bone in his right foot, was a surprise participant. Coach Tom Coughlin had said earlier in the day that he would not practice.

However, having extra time off after the NFC title game win over San Francisco helped him get back on the field.

Williams injured his right foot against the 49ers. Nicks hurt a shoulder in that game.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) and cornerback Corey Webster (hamstring) also were limited. They have been nursing those injuries for weeks.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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