New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell returns to practice
LaFell was held out of practice last week because of what is believed to be a lower left shin injury sustained in the team's 17-9 loss at home to the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 28.
He left the game with just under eleven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He returned to the field for the final drive and said afterwards that it was a positive that the team finished the game without any injuries.
According to Doug Kyed of NESN, LaFell did appear to struggle with his injury during the workout, moving slowly and favoring his leg as he walked.
LaFell, a 28-year-old with five years in the league, has appeared in every game for the Patriots this season. He has 74 receptions for 953 yards, seven touchdowns and 50 first downs. In Week 17 against the Bills, he caught four passes for 70 yards, despite missing part of the fourth quarter.
LaFell was the only player to miss both practice sessions last week. Tuesday's session, the first of the week ahead of the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, had perfect attendance.
New England, 12-4 and winners of the AFC East, play the Ravens (10-6, third in the AFC North) at home at 4:35 pm ET on Saturday.
- Christopher Woody