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Patriots have perfect practice attendance, including WR Hogan

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12 Jan 2018, 07:30 GMT+10

The New England Patriots had all hands on deck during Thursday's practice, including wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who is on injured reserve, and wide receiver Chris Hogan.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Patriots' injury report was that Hogan was not on it. He missed seven of the last eight games with a shoulder injury, but it appears he will play in Saturday's playoff game against the Tennessee Titans. It will be his first game action since Week 14.

Despite playing in just nine games, including seven starts, Hogan has 34 receptions for 439 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who missed two games and played only 12 snaps in the regular-season finale because of a calf injury, also was absent from the injury report, meaning he is likely to play as well.

Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and linebacker Marquis Flowers (illness) returned from missing Wednesday's session while Mitchell sat out the team's first two practices of the week.

Despite the perfect attendance, six players were listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

Three running backs -- Gillislee (knee), Rex Burkhead (knee) and James White (ankle) -- as well as Flowers, defensive tackle Alan Branch (knee) and defensive lineman Eric Lee (ankle/finger) are listed as questionable.

Burkhead and White missed the final two games of the regular season, but the fact that all three were able to practice suggests they are likely to play

Mitchell is eligible to be activated to the roster at any point, but it must be done by Friday afternoon for him to play in Saturday's divisional round game versus the fifth-seeded Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium.

Coach Bill Belichick had a little fun at a reporter's expense when asked if he anticipated having the second-year wideout at any point during the postseason.

"I don't know," Belichick said. "I'll certainly let you know as soon as -- if that happens, we'll let you know as soon as possible. There won't be a second of delay."

Mitchell was placed on injured reserve prior to the Patriots' season-opening matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was designated to return off injured reserve on Dec. 27, but was not activated as he deals with an unspecified injury.

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