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Faulk, Price, Ellis Among Patriots Inactives vs. Giants

Patriots safety Josh Barrett will return to action today vs. the Giants.
Patriots safety Josh Barrett will return to action today vs. the Giants.

The Patriots have announced their inactives for their 4:15 PM ET game against the New York Giants:

Kevin Faulk, RB

Jermaine Cunningham, DE

Dane Fletcher, LB

Taylor Price, WR

Ryan Mallett, QB

Donald Thomas, OL

Shaun Ellis, DE

A few thoughts on the inactives:

  • Kevin Faulk and Taylor Price are both somewhat a surprise. There was a lot of talk this week that Price would be used in a much larger role, but a late-week hamstring injury set him back.  Faulk was the Patriots primary running back last week against the Steelers, but was listed questionable with a knee injury this time around, and apparently was too sore to play.
  • Jermaine Cunningham is a healthy scratch for the second straight week.
  • Linebacker Jerod Mayo and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are both playing for the second straight week despite both being listed as questionable.
  • The Patriots will take a hit with the absence of Shaun Ellis, who has a ribs injury. Ellis was finally playing well last week before coming up hurt.
  • Today's game will also mark the return of safety Josh Barrett.  Barrett started the year as the team's starting safeties but went down with injury week four against Oakland.
  • Wes Welker, who took a dirty hit from the Steelers' Troy Polamalu last week and was questionable with a neck injury, will also be in action for the Patriots.