Notes: Connelly, Taylor And More

Dan Connolly

The Patriots are dealing with a number of injury-related issues. Perhaps no more important position in this mix is on the offensive line. Dan Connolly is a big part of the answer.

Dan Connolly has started nine of New England's 10 games this season. The first seven came in Logan Mankins place at left guard, while the last two have been in the stead of injured right guard Stephen Neal. The fifth-year veteran had a total of four starts heading into 2010, four for Neal last season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Number of times the Patriots have previously played on Thanksgiving prior to this week's trip to Detroit. The Patriots are 1-2 all-time on the holiday, with Turkey Day losses to both the Cowboys and Lions, as well as a 2002 victory in Detroit.

PLAYER NOTES
--RB Fred Taylor (toe) was once again inactive against the Colts, this despite having returned to the practice field on a limited basis for each of the last two weeks.

--S Jarrad Page (calf) missed his fifth straight game, although he also returned to the practice field on a limited basis last week.

--CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip) missed his first game of the season after missing practice time during the week.

--G Stephen Neal (shoulder) missed his second straight game. Dan Connolly, who had been the starter at left guard for most of the season through Logan Mankins contract dispute, started in Neal's place on the right side for the second straight week.

--DL Myron Pryor (back) led the rest of New England's inactives that also included WR Taylor Price, OL Rich Ohrnberger and T Mark LeVoir.

--CB Kyle Arrington saw action as a rush outside linebacker throughout the second half of the win over the Colts.

--RB Danny Woodhead had New England's longest run of the season with a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Colts.

--S James Sanders, the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week, had the game-clinching interception against the Colts with 31 seconds to play to close out the 31-28 victory at the Patriots 6-yard line.

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