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Patriots' Mankins, Chung active vs. Broncos

Posted on: January 14, 2012 7:55 pm

After an impressive overtime win over the Steelers last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Jason Horowitz and's Pat Kirwan have the preview. Watch the game on CBS at 8 PM ET. 

By Ryan Wilson

One of the benefits to having a first-round bye: injured players have two weeks to get healthy, and for the Patriots, that means left guard Logan Mankins and safety Patrick Chung will be available Saturday against the Broncos. Both players have been declared active, according to Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard who adds that "Chung is more of a key to the team's success in this game because of the weakness of the defense. The Patriots could get by without Mankins [because] the Broncos don't have much of an interior line."

Which might explain why tackle Sebastian Vollmer is down. Rookie Nate Solder will start in his place.

In addition to Mankins and Chung, wide receiver Wes Welker (questionable) and linebacker Brandon Spikes also will play.

Other New England inactives: Ryan Mallett, Nate Jones, Shane Vereen, Gary Guyton, Donald Thomas and Ron Brace.

And for the Broncos, the inactives include: Eric Decker, Brian Dawkins, Lonie Paxton, Julius Thomas, Ryan Harris, Derrick Harvey, and Mike Mohamed.

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