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Sanders won't play vs. Broncos

Safety James Sanders was the lone Patriot downgraded to out on the team's Saturday injury report.

That means linebacker Jerod Mayo is, at the least, a game-time decision. That is good news for Mayo, who has been out since spraining his MCL in the season opener.

At safety, Sanders has been part of a three-man rotation with Brandon Meriweather and Brandon McGowan, with McGowan starting.

Sanders' absence could create more opportunities for rookie Pat Chung.