Devin McCourty (rib) misses practice

Updated: December 15, 2010, 10:16 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie cornerback Devin McCourty, who left Sunday's win over the Bears in the second quarter with a rib injury, did not practice Wednesday afternoon as the Patriots began preparing for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

In a bit of a surprise, Patriots receiver Deion Branch was limited in the team's Wednesday practice with a knee injury, according to the team's participation report. Branch had been slowed earlier this season with a hamstring injury, but this is the first time he has been limited by a knee injury.

Besides McCourty, the Patriots had five other players who did not practice: quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot) and defensive linemen Ron Brace (concussion), Myron Pryor (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Gerard Warren (knee).

Cornerback Kyle Arrington (elbow) had full participation.

McCourty told teammates he was in pain after the win against the Bears, but didn't think the injury would be a long-term situation. That was before he had been scheduled to undergo more tests.

Brady's absence has been the norm in past weeks, as Brady -- who has been listed on the injury report with right shoulder/foot injuries -- has not practiced until Thursday.

The Patriots practiced outside in frigid conditions, with many players wearing multiple layers.

The Packers, meanwhile, have ruled defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (calf) out for Sunday's game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (concussion), guard Daryn Colledge (knee) and linebacker Frank Zombo (knee) did not practice.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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