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13 Patriots questionable; Paxton out for Broncos

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  January 13, 2012 02:41 PM

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Thirteen Patriots are officially listed as questionable for tomorrow's playoff game against the Broncos. Even if they play, they won't face friend and former Patriot Lonie Paxton; the long snapper has been ruled out by the Broncos for personal reasons.

The Patriots on the injury list and designated as questionable include defensive backs Kyle Arrington (foot), Patrick Chung (foot), and James Ihedigbo (shoulder); offensive linemen Dan Connolly (groin), Logan Mankins (knee), Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot), and Marcus Cannon (ankle); linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb), Rob Ninkovich (hip), Brandon Spikes (knee), and Tracy White (abdomen); and receivers Matthew Slater (shoulder) and Wes Welker (knee).

Earlier this week, Broncos coach John Fox wouldn't discuss details about Paxton being away from practice, other than to say, "Right now it's a family matter, and our thoughts and prayers are with he and his family."

In addition to Paxton, Broncos receiver Eric Decker (knee) has been ruled out. He took a hard hit to his left knee in last week's win against Pittsburgh.

Safety Brian Dawkins is doubtful with a neck injury. Safety David Bruton (Achilles), tight end Daniel Fells (ankle), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (ankle), and linebacker Von Miller (thumb) are all listed as probable.

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