In addition to Price and Faulk, the Patriots also ruled out QB Ryan Mallett, OL Donald Thomas, LB Dane Fletcher, DL Shaun Ellis and DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham.
Ellis has a rib issue that had been bothering him earlier and will not be available to help with the defensive line rotation. Instead it's Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick who will see more action on the defensive line rotation. Until Week 6, both Brace and Deaderick were on the Patriots Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Any additional help they can provide to improve the pass rush can only help.
Fletcher has been a key part of the special teams with minimal playing time as a sub in defensive packages. Brandon Spikes has seen more action in the linebacker rotation.
Cunningham is in an interesting situation. The Patriots desperately need to improve the outside pass rush, something Cunningham was supposed to be good at coming out in the Draft. Instead the Patriots will rely on Rob Ninkovich, Mark Anderson and Andre Carter. Carter and Anderson are tied with 4.5 sacks apiece to lead the rest of the defense.
The Giants listed the following players out for the game: CB Prince Amukamara; RB Ahmad Bradshaw; FB Henry Hynoski; C David Baas; OT Stacy Andrews; OT James Brewer and WR Hakeem Nicks.
Baas, Bradshaw and Nicks are three starters the Giants can least afford to have miss action. Baas has been the anchor in the middle of the line, his replacement Kevin Boothe struggled against Seattle.
Bradshaw and Nicks each lead the New York offense rushing and receiving respectively. Without Nicks, it will be up to the Patriots to slow down Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham and a combination of Devin Thomas or Jerrel Jernigan. Ramses Barden was also activated this week from the PUP list.
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