Surprised if these players suit up

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.