Bryan Stork is one step closer to playing in the Super Bowl.
The rookie center returned to practice Thursday, after missing the the AFC Championship Game due to a knee injury suffered in the divisional playoff round. And in his return, the fourth-round pick and 12-game starter was one of six limited participants for the New England Patriots’ full-pads session inside the Dana-Farber Field House.
Also limited was wide receiver Brandon LaFell, defensive tackles Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, as well as cornerback Brandon Browner. Each of whom was also projected as limited on Wednesday’s official participation report, though the team did not practice.
LaFell has played through shoulder and toe injuries dating back to the final weeks of the regular season. Hightower and Browner have also been working through shoulder and knee ailments of late. And as for Jones and Siliga, the former was inactive against the Indianapolis Colts, while the latter left with a foot injury but did return.
The Patriots had perfect attendance on Thursday, with quarterback Tom Brady listed as a full participant. He has been practicing with ankle injury as the team prepares to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1.
On the other hand, the Seahawks’ official practice report includes guard J.R. Sweezy (ankle), safety Earl Thomas (shoulder) and running back Marshawn Lynch (not injury related) as non-participants for the second consecutive day.
Defensive end Michael Bennett (not injury related) was back after missing Wednesday’s practice, as was long snapper Clint Gresham (neck). Both joined the likes of offensive tackle Justin Britt (knee) and cornerback Richard Sherman (elbow) as full participants for Seattle.