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What made the Patriots' 14-2 record so impressive was that they did it with key players on injured reserve. Here's a look at some of last year's injured players who are expected to be 100 percent when camp starts.
DE Ty Warren: Warren missed all of 2010 with a hip injury and took time during the lockout to get his college degree. He should regain his starting spot on the D-line in 2011. Warren hasn't started all 16 games since '07, but he certainly will improve the D-end spot that saw multiple starters shuffle through last season.
CB Leigh Bodden: Rookie Devin McCourty's emergence lessened the blow of Bodden's shoulder injury, but the Patriots struggled covering the wideout opposite McCourty. Bodden, who recently said he is in the best shape of his life, should change that and give the Patriots one of the better corner tandems in the league.
RB Kevin Faulk: The veteran tore his ACL in Week Two after signing a one-year deal last offseason. Faulk is a leader but likely will be the No. 5 back on the depth chart after New England added two running backs in the draft. If he proves he is healthy, the Pats ikely will try to re-sign him for one more season.
OT Nick Kaczur: A back injury cost Kaczur the 2010 season. The Patriots' top reserve at tackle, Kaczur has started 62-of-68 career games. The uncertain futures of Matt Light and Logan Mankins could convince the Pats to hold on to Kaczur but he is also owed a lot of money next season and could be a cap casualty.
PK Stephen Gostkowski: An injury in Week Nine sent Gostkowski to injured reserve, just when he had hit nine consecutive field goals after a 1-for-4 start to the season. The Patriots missed his big leg on kickoffs and will be pleased to have him back.