Starting defense for Patriots

August, 11, 2011
8/11/11
7:41
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots opened in a 4-3 defense tonight, with the following players:

DE: Jermaine Cunningham
DT: Kyle Love
DT: Darryl Richard
DE: Eric Moore
SLB: Rob Ninkovich
MLB: Dane Fletcher
WLB: Gary Guyton
CB: Darius Butler
CB: Kyle Arrington
S: Patrick Chung
S: Brandon Meriweather

Top players Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, Leigh Bodden and Jerod Mayo are out of the base defense lineup. Bodden, however, came onto the field as the slot cornerback in the nickel package late on the first drive.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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