Connolly doubtful; Sanders hit with flu

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Starting right guard Dan Connolly, who missed practice throughout the week, is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Second-year player Ryan Wendell and five-year veteran Quinn Ojinnaka project as the top replacements should Connolly not play. It would mark the first start of the season for each player.

Meanwhile, safety James Sanders is the latest player to be battling flu-like symptoms. He did not practice Friday and is among eight players who are questionable (50-50 chance of playing).

The other questionable players are outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (groin), defensive lineman Ron Brace (concussion), outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (calf), defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick (shoulder), tight end Aaron Hernandez (hip), defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion).

Receiver Deion Branch (knee) is among four players listed as probable, which is defined by the team as a "virtual certainty to be available for normal duty."

For the Bills, starting center Geoff Hangartner (knee) is questionable.