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Patriots rule one out with illness, to keep germs at bay


The Patriots have already ruled one player out for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, likely to keep him away from the rest of the team on the long plane ride.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, linebacker Steve Beauharnais has been ruled out with an illness. He probably got it from noted germ-carrier Tom Brady earlier this week.

Of course, Beauharnais has been a healthy inactive 13 times this year, so it’s not a major blow.

They listed wide receivers Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (concussion, hip) as questionable, along with punter Ryan Allen (shoulder). But since they didn’t sign another punter this week, it’s reasonable to conclude he’ll be available.

Otherwise, everyone else on the injury report is listed as probable. Wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) was a full particpant after being limited the previous two days.