Donald Thomas could start over Dan Connolly

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New England Patriots right guard Dan Connolly was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, but he is active and ready to play against the Arizona Cardinals today.

The problem is figuring out whether or not Connolly gets the start against Calais Campbell, Dan Williams, and the Cardinals defense. Right guard Donald Thomas has been lining up as the starting right guard in warm-ups over Connolly, who received a concussion in last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans. He did a solid job, per the usual, in that game before Thomas came in due to the injury.

If Thomas does start, I would still expect to see Connolly on the field especially later in the game. This will be a big test for Thomas, who looked good in training camp and did an excellent job in the Patriots final preseason game against the New York Giants.

Thomas is certainly a quality backup to have, and it will be interesting to see how he fares out when drawing blocking assignments against top 3-4 LE Calais Campbell, average NT Dan Williams, and one of the top inside linebackers in the game in Daryl Washington who is a monster as a downhill run stopper and is one of the best blitzing 3-4 ILBs in the game.

We’ll see how things move forward for Thomas and Connolly, and anything can happen with how they are used today. If Thomas gets the start, it is what it is. It always is.

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