Bill Belichick's mantra is for players to be ready for action, but based on injuries, it would be a surprise if the following Patriots suit up tonight:
G Dan Connolly
OLB/DE Jermaine Cunningham
FB Eric Kettani
RB Stevan Ridley
LB Jeff Tarpinian
WR Wes Welker
C/G Ryan Wendell
WR Taylor Price wasn't at practice Tuesday, putting his status in question. Those returning to practice for the first time in weeks Tuesday -- LB Brandon Spikes, LB Dane Fletcher and DL Mike Wright -- would also be in that category.
One factor to consider is that with starting right guard Dan Connolly and top backup Ryan Wendell unlikely to play, this could be a chance to see more of first-round draft choice Nate Solder at right guard (he practiced there in training camp).
That could be an interesting subplot to tonight's preseason finale.