Defensive starters for Patriots


DETROIT -- Defensive starters for the Patriots tonight:

DE -- Rob Ninkovich

DT -- Joe Vellano

DT -- Tommy Kelly

DE -- Chandler Jones

LB -- Dont'a Hightower

LB -- Brandon Spikes

LB -- Jamie Collins

CB -- Aqib Talib

CB -- Kyle Arrington

S -- Steve Gregory

S -- Devin McCourty

Starting defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who spent some additional time getting stretched out by conditioning coach Harold Nash before the game, might be rested as a precaution.

In the first sub package, Vellano, Spikes, Collins and Hightower came off, with CB Logan Ryan, S Adrian Wilson, DE Marcus Benard and LB Jerod Mayo coming on.