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Patriots Release Super Bowl Inactives

The Patriots have announced the inactives for the Super Bowl:

QB Ryan Mallett

RB Kevin Faulk

RB Shane Vereen

OG Donald Thomas

OC Nick McDonald

DL Ron Brace

LB Gary Guyton

The only real surprise is Kevin Faulk being inactive, although the release of WR Tiquan Underwood shows that Bill Belichick will not be sentimental in this Super Bowl.

Vereen remains inactive as he has the majority of the season.

Thomas and McDonald are inactive as the offensive line is healthy- which is important as both rookie Marcus Cannon and veteran Sebastian Vollmer are tagged as active.

Brace and Guyton are inactive as neither player can find a consistent role on the Patriots defense.

Chad Ochocinco is tagged "active" which means that he may have a larger role on offense.

Newly signed Alex Silvestro is active and should play a role on special teams.

The Patriots did not designate any defensive backs "inactive" which should provide the Patriots plenty of depth in the secondary.

Edit: Giants Inactives-

Ramses Barden, Da'Rel Scott, Mark Herzlich, Jim Cordle, Justin Trattou, Jimmy Kennedy, James Brewer