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Welker and Branch inactive for today's games

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 2, 2011 11:37 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Wes Welker and Deion Branch lead the list of Patriots inactives for today's game against the Miami Dolphins.

The rest of the Patriots inactives today are linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (groin), offensive lineman Dan Connolly (concussion), defensive lineman Ron Brace (elbow), defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion), and tight end Aaron Hernandez (hip).

Welker was limited at practice on Friday for a non-injury related issue and was listed as probable for today's game. Branch has been dealing with a knee injury all week and was limited at every practice.

With this list it means that rookie receiver Taylor Price is active for the first time this season. Also, defensive lineman Myron Pryor is active for the first time since injuring his back weeks ago. Pryor has not played since the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 14.

The Dolphins inactives include: WR Julius Pruitt, CB Nolan Carroll, LB Mike Rivera, T Allen Barbre, T Lydon Murtha, TE Anthony Fasano, DE Ryan Baker, DT Chris Baker.

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