MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Patriots rookie linebacker Dane Fletcher and rookie defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick will make their NFL debuts Monday night against the Dolphins.
New England's inactive list includes offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (back), cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot) and running back Fred Taylor (toe) won't play due to injury, and running back Thomas Clayton, linebacker Shawn Crable, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, wide receiver Taylor Price and defensive lineman Kyle Love will also miss the game. The last five players did not appear on this week's injury report.
Fletcher had been a healthy scratch in the first three games of the regular season, while Deaderick was a healthy scratch during two of his three missed games.
Without Taylor and Clayton, the Patriots will only have three running backs against the Dolphins — BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Sammy Morris and Danny Woodhead.