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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Welker, Connolly not present at practice

By Chris Forsberg

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and offensive lineman Dan Connolly were absent from the portion of the Wednesday's practice viewed by the media, which included stretching and agility drills.

The Patriots did boast a pair of new faces amongst the receiving corps in rookie Nick Moore (wearing No. 17) and Robert Ortiz (wearing No. 14). This is Ortiz's third stint with the Patriots, his last visit ending with him being a late preseason cut earlier this year. Ortiz entered the league with as an undrafted free agent in 2006.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated formal roster moves would be announced later today, but it's possible the moves will include Welker and practice squad wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, who was not spotted participating in drills Wednesday.

Connolly hurt his ankle in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Texans. If he's unable to play, it could thrust rookie Rich Ohrnberger into the role as top interior backup.