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By PFW staff

The Patriots have ruled out RB Fred Taylor (toe) and S Jarrad Page (calf) for Sunday's game against the Chargers. CB Kyle Arrington is questionable with a groin injury.

Taylor has not played since Week Two against the Jets. Page suffered the injury in Week Six against the Ravens. Arrington has started at corner the last three games.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates is listed as questionable after suffering an toe injury last week against the Rams; he did not practice all week. WRs Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee are both doubtful with hamstring injuries, while PK Nate Kaeding and LB Larry English have both been ruled out.

The way we see it

Taylor being out again for the Pats is no surprise. RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead have done well picking up the load. Page has been improving as he learns the Pats' play book since coming over from the Chiefs. He moved up the depth chart before last week's game when he suffered the calf injury. Arrington's injury could mean CB Darius Butler will return to the starting role that was taken from him after he got torched by the Jets in Week Two.

Gates has made 85 straight starts and people expect him to play through the pain. QB Philip Rivers and the league's best passing offense are certainly down on weapons with Floyd and Naanee likely out. Expect Patrick Crayton to be a go-to target for Rivers.


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