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Allen, Dobson Thompkins all questionable; Beauharnais out

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  January 17, 2014 04:06 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Steve Beauharnais has been ruled out of Sunday's AFC Championship game by the Patriots, after the linebacker missed Friday's practice with an illness.

Beauharnais hasn't been a big contributor for the Patriots, playing in just four of their first 17 games. If he was dealing with the same medical issue that forced Tom Brady and Danny Aiken to miss Wednesday's practice -- especially with the team taking a four-hour flight to Denver today -- and the chance of Beauharnais playing against the Broncos was slim to begin with, better to just keep him home, so others won't catch it.

Three Patriots are listed as questionable: receivers Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip/concussion), and punter Ryan Allen (shoulder).

For the Patriots:

Out:
LB Steve Beauharnais (illness)

Questionable:
P Ryan Allen (shoulder)
WR Aaron Dobson (foot)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip/concussion)

Probable:
WR Danny Amendola (groin)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder)
LB Dane Fletcher (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (ankle)
RB Shane Vereen (groin)

For the Broncos:

Probable:
S Mike Adams (thigh)
TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
S Duke Ihenacho (knee)
T Winston Justice (finger)
G Chris Kuper (ankle)
QB Peyton Manning (ankle)
WR Demaryius Thomas (calf)
CB Kayvon Webster (thumb)

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