Broncos' Paxton, Decker ruled out

January, 13, 2012
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The Broncos have declared long snapper Lonie Paxton and receiver Eric Decker out for Saturday's playoff game against the Patriots.

Paxton has missed the week of practice due to a personal situation, while Decker injured his knee in the wild-card round win over the Steelers. Meanwhile, veteran safety Brian Dawkins (neck) is listed as doubtful.

The Broncos reportedly worked out two snappers this week, according to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, so a roster move could be coming.

UPDATE: The Denver Post reported that Paxton has stayed home to care for his wife, who is pregnant with twins and is experiencing complications. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Paxtons.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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