MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The following Patriots players are inactive for tonight's game against the Dolphins: running back Thomas Clayton, outside linebacker Shawn Crable, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, defensive lineman Kyle Love, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, wide receiver Taylor Price, running back Fred Taylor and cornerback Terrence  Wheatley. For more Patriots news, check weei.com/patriots.
 

According to ESPN.com, five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law, during a visit on ESPN's Chalk Talk, said that a return to the Patriots represents "a dream I've had for a long time," but the 36-year-old said that hopes for a return are "fading."

 

NFL Network analyst joined Dale & Holley to talk NFL and the Patriots-Dolphins matchup. "I've been a believer in the Patriots, I'm a believer in Bill Belichick, I think they find a way to win football games one way or another," La Canfora said. "The pressure's on the offense maybe more than ever before.

 

CBS analyst Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan to preview the Patriots game with the Dolphins Monday night and talk about the NFL. He said that Tom Brady is going through what Peyton Manning experienced earlier in the decade. "Tom Brady finally realized what it was like to be Peyton Manning eight years ago when Peyton Manning didn't have that great defense," Esiason said. "Even if you are the best player on the field you have to have great defense around you and Tom has always had that in his back pocket. That's not the case now.

Speaking to ESPN's Suzy Kolber in an interview to preview the Patriots-Dolphins Monday Night Football game, Pats wide receiver said regarding his return from major knee surgery, "It’s hard to put a number on it, but I’m definitely not 100 percent. It’s just lacking that little bit, that little bit that really got that separation, that little bit of quickness, that little bit of something that’s just not there yet. But we’re getting there.” Thus far this season, Welker has 18 catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns.

 

Here are 10 things worth keeping an eye on in Monday’s matchup between the Patriots and Dolphins:



Dolphins Injury Report
Out

G John Jerry (illness -- did not practice)
DE Jared Odrick (ankle -- did not practice)

Doubtful
LB Channing Crowder (groin -- limited participation)

Probable
CB Nolan Carroll (hand -- full participation)
T Jake Long (knee -- full participation)

Patriots running back Fred Taylor is one of three players who were ruled "out" for Monday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami. Here's Saturday's complete injury list:

Patriots Injury Report
Out

OL Nick Kaczur (back -- did not practice)
RB Fred Taylor (toe -- did not practice)
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot -- did not practice)

Probable
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder -- full participation)

According to pool reporter William Bendetson, the following players were not at the media portion of practice Saturday morning for the Patriots: cornerback Terrence Wheatley, running back Fred Taylor, and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur. Taylor, who has missed most of the week with a nagging toe injury, likely will not play when New England meets the Dolphins Monday night in Miami. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

After being limited in practice on Thursday with a sore groin, Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was held out of practice in South Florida on Friday as the Dolphins prepare to host the Patriots on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium.

 
Miami Injury Report for Friday
Did Not Practice
G John Jerry (illness)
DE Jared Odrick (ankle)
LB Channing Crowder (groin)
 
Full Participation
T Jake Long (knee)