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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Players not expected to play tonight

By Mike Rodak

The Patriots open their preseason tonight at Gillette Stadium against the New Orleans Saints (7:30 p.m., WBZ-TV). Based on attendance and participation in recent practices, the following players are not expected to play:

Offense
FB Spencer Larsen
WR Deion Branch
TE Daniel Fells (Active/PUP)
TE Visanthe Shiancoe
TE Jake Ballard (Active/PUP)
T Sebastian Vollmer (Active/PUP)
T Matt Kopa
T Kyle Hix
T Kyle Hill
T Markus Zusevics (Active/NFI)
G Logan Mankins (Active/PUP)
G Brian Waters (did not report)
G Dustin Waldron

Defense
DT Jonathan Fanene
DT Ron Brace
DT Gerard Warren
DT Myron Pryor (Active/PUP)
LB Brandon Spikes
LB Tracy White
CB Alfonzo Dennard