Welker expected to play; Hernandez, Connolly are not

Receiver Wes Welker is expected to play today against the Colts, but tight end Aaron Hernandez and guard Dan Connolly are not.

Welker (ankle/foot) didn’t practice until Friday this week, but the team feels good about his status.

The Patriots are optimistic that both Hernandez (ankle) and Connolly (back) can return on Thursday night in the Thanksgiving matchup with the Jets.

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