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Wes Welker and Logan Mankins not practicing

The New England Patriots are without three players in Thursday’s practice, and all three of those players were also absent yesterday. Wes Welker, Logan Mankins, and Dan Connolly have all missed the first two practices to start the week, with the outlook for both starting guards in Week 11 looking bleak.

Both Mankins and Connolly left the first-half of last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills with injuries, and the Patriots picked up a guard two days ago. Mitch Petrus had a workout scheduled with the Pats on Tuesday, and they snapped him up in light of the injuries. Petrus had all three of his career starts last season and has been in the league since 2010 (played for the New York Giants).

The signing of Petrus combined with the absences of both players means that they will both likely be out for a significant chunk of time. It will be interesting to see if we can get any updates on the injuries regarding  both players, especially since Mankins has been known to come back quickly after major injuries.

The good thing is that the New England Patriots have terrific depth at guard, and Donald Thomas and Nick McDonald were solid against the Bills. Thomas, in fact, is probably the best backup guard in the league, while McDonald is one of the most versatile.

Wes Welker’s absence is likely some rest, but it is making every Pats fan nervous ahead of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. If he doesn’t at least put in a limited practice tomorrow, then he may have suffered a setback on his ankle. But at this point, it is likely deserved rest for Welker.

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