Mankins, Jones limited in return to practice
Overall, the Patriots listed 15 players on the injury report, their fewest total since Oct. 19. Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) were listed as not practicing.
Wide receiver Matthew Slater (concussion) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) were removed from the injury report after being limited in practice last week.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been listed as limited with a knee injury since Nov. 7, was listed on Thursday's report as limited with both knee and ankle injuries.
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