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Anderson ready to step up

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When Andre Carter suffered a season-ending leg injury on the final play of the first quarter last Sunday in Denver, Mark Anderson provided solid play in the defensive lineman’s absence.

But Anderson, a six-year pro speaking Tuesday after practice, realizes Carter’s injury has left a hole in the Patriots.

“Andre is a leader on this team,” said Anderson, in his first year with New England. “We’re going to miss him. As a team, a lot of people are going to have to step up and fill his shoes.”

Anderson is one player who is likely to get more snaps with Carter gone. He’s looking forward to the challenge.

“You have to be ready when your number is called. I’ll do my best,” said Anderson, whose strip-sack of Tim Tebow and subsequent fumble recovery helped turn the tide in the second quarter of the Pats’ 41-23 victory over the Broncos.