Defensive starters for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive starters for the Patriots:

DE -- Rob Ninkovich

DT -- Brandon Deaderick

DT -- Vince Wilfork

DE -- Chandler Jones

LB -- Dont'a Hightower

LB -- Brandon Spikes

LB -- Jerod Mayo

CB -- Aqib Talib

CB -- Alfonzo Dennard

S -- Steve Gregory

S -- Devin McCourty

In the initial nickel, cornerback Kyle Arrington came on for linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

In the initial dime, defensive end Justin Francis, Kyle Arrington and Tavon Wilson came on, replacing defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower.