Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Moore (54) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Lloyd limited Thursday

The New England Patriots are looking to go 7-3 on Sunday when they face the Indianapolis Colts in what will be an interesting matchup for sure. The Pats currently have 20 players listed on the injury report, and both Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski are once again on there.

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The two top pass-catchers were both limited in Thursday’s practice, with both player seemingly being limited every game of the year without missing any time. Gronk and Lloyd are just getting more rest leading up to the game against the Colts, and it is rest that they need and deserve. Lloyd figures to have a huge day with Vontae Davis out, and he will likely draw assignments from Cassius Vaughn.

Gronkowski is listed on the injury report with a hip injury, but that injury has never cost him a game. In fact, he played in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills and was as explosive as ever when first listed on the injury report with the hip ailment. Bill Belichick is just giving his guys more rest and playing mind games with the Colts.

Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly are still not practicing, while Tracy White was listed as limited in practice.

Wide receiver Deion Branch was a new addition to the injury report after being limited in yesterday’s practice with hamstring injury, but it is most likely a minor thing. Branch received by far his most playing time in Week 10 against the Bills, but it wasn’t exactly a good game for him as a pass-catcher. Still, he is a valuable blocker on the outside and will have a fun time in run blocking if he draws assignments on Colts CB Darius Butler.

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