Mayo upgraded; Pats', Broncos' top RBs out

FOXBOROUGH -- After a full week of limited participation in practice, inside linebacker Jerod Mayo is one of six players listed as questionable for the Patriots on the final injury report of the week.

Mayo, who returned to practice last Friday for the first time since suffering a right MCL sprain in the season opener against Buffalo, was listed as doubtful before missing last week's game against the Ravens. He takes another step forward in his recovery this week by moving up to questionable (50 percent chance he'll play).

Mayo politely declined to talk to reporters inside the Patriots' locker room Friday afternoon, but did pack a travel bag next to his locker, which included the knee brace he has worn at practice this week.

Also listed as questionable for the Patriots: OT Nick Kaczur (ankle), S James Sanders (shoulder), DB Shawn Springs (knee), WR Wes Welker (knee), and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (ankle).

All six players had limited participation in practice the entire week. Kaczur, Welker, and Wilfork were all listed as questionable last week, and all three started Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Running back Fred Taylor, who had surgery on his injured ankle Thursday, is out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Linebacker Adalius Thomas, who missed practice Thursday and Friday with a non-injury related issue, is listed as probable.

For the Broncos, starting running back Correll Buckhalter (ankle) and linebacker/fullback Spencer Larsen (shoulder) are both out for Sunday's game.

Safety Brian Dawkins (knee / shoulder), guard Ben Hamilton (hamstring), and cornerback Alphonso Smith (ankle) are listed as questionable.