FOXBORO -- Wes Welker will play today for the Patriots while Aaron Hernandez and Dan Connolly will not with various injuries, an industry source tells WEEI.com.
Welker injured his ankle late in the win over the Rams in London on Oct. 28 and tweaked it again last week against the Bills. Welker was limited in practice on Friday after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Connolly injured his back late in the first half against the Bills and did not play in the second half while Aaron Hernandez is expected to miss his third straight game with a recurrence of a right ankle sprain, injured against the Jets on Oct. 21.
Connolly, the starting right guard, was replaced by Donald Thomas while Logan Mankins was replaced with Nick McDonald when Mankins injured his left ankle early in the second half against the Bills. Mankins left Gillette Stadium in a protective walking boot after the game last week and did not practice all week. He is officially listed as doubtful for the game.
Final decisions will be known when the Patriots announce their inactives 90 minutes before the 4:25 p.m. kickoff.