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Defensive starters for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive starters for the Patriots, who open in a three-safety nickel look (5 defensive backs):

DE: Shaun Ellis

DT: Vince Wilfork

DE: Andre Carter

LB: Jerod Mayo

LB: Dane Fletcher

LB: Rob Ninkovich

CB: Devin McCourty

CB: Ras-I Dowling

S: Patrick Chung

S: Josh Barrett

S: Sergio Brown