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New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is a former practice player who beat the odds, turning time on the Dallas and Philadelphia practice squads into a lengthy NFL career. (Steven Senne/AP)
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is a former practice player who beat the odds, turning time on the Dallas and Philadelphia practice squads into a lengthy NFL career. (Steven Senne/AP)
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On Sunday, the New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.

But 10 Patriots players won't take the field on Sunday. They make up the team's practice squad. And their job is to help the team prepare for its next game. And maybe impress the coach enough to earn a spot on the active roster.

Shira Springer of WBUR has our story.

This segment aired on January 19, 2018.

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