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Patriots Release Injury Report

Well, Belichick's clearly trying to find his roots and he's starting with the injury report.

Dane Fletcher LB Thumb DNP OUT
Brandon Spikes LB Knee DNP OUT

Devin McCourty CB Shoulder Limited Participation Doubtful

Kyle Arrington CB Foot Limited Participation Questionable
Patrick Chung S Foot Limited Participation Questionable
Dan Connolly C Groin Limited Participation Questionable
Shaun Ellis DE Rib Limited Participation Questionable
Kevin Faulk RB Knee Limited Participation Questionable
BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB Toe Limited Participation Questionable
Gary Guyton LB Shoulder Limited Participation Questionable
James Ihedigbo S Shoulder Limited Participation Questionable
Taylor Price WR Hamstring Limited Participation Questionable
Matthew Slater WR Shoulder Limited Participation Questionable
Nate Solder OT Concussion Limited Participation Questionable
Jeff Tarpinian LB Illness Limited Participation Questionable
Sebastian Vollmer OT Back Limited Participation Questionable

Brian Waters G Knee Limited Participation Probable
Wes Welker WR Knee Limited Participation Probable

Yep. That's a list of 18 players- a third of the active roster. You can be certain that the majority of the questionables will be suiting up, especially when players like offensive lineman Marcus Cannon are not listed on this report, yet remain unlikely to contribute.

When Arrington and McCourty are listed, you can be sure that Arrington will play so that Antwaun Molden and Phillips Adams aren't the only two active cornerbacks on the roster. If Solder and Vollmer are listed, at least one will play so Matt Light isn't the only active tackle. Chung and Ihedigbo are listed, yet Sergio Brown and Sterling Moore cannot be expected to be the Game Day starters.

So when looking at this list, I'd project the following inactives:

LB Dane Fletcher - OUT

LB Brandon Spikes - OUT

CB Devin McCourty - Doubtful, but had one practice. He'll rest up.

QB Ryan Mallett - QB depth.

OG Marcus Cannon - Off the injured list, not ready to play.

WR Taylor Price - Typical hamstring injury, look for Chad Ochocinco to have a larger role.

RB Kevin Faulk - It's either Faulk or Shane Vereen, but one of the running backs will be sitting.

S James Ihedigbo - It looked like he hit his shoulder pretty badly against the Jets. If not Ihedigbo, look for a healthy scratch like Jermaine Cunningham.