Defensive starters for Patriots

August, 22, 2013
8/22/13
7:45
PM ET
DETROIT -- Defensive starters for the Patriots tonight:

DE -- Rob Ninkovich
DT -- Joe Vellano
DT -- Tommy Kelly
DE -- Chandler Jones
LB -- Dont'a Hightower
LB -- Brandon Spikes
LB -- Jamie Collins
CB -- Aqib Talib
CB -- Kyle Arrington
S -- Steve Gregory
S -- Devin McCourty

Starting defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who spent some additional time getting stretched out by conditioning coach Harold Nash before the game, might be rested as a precaution.

In the first sub package, Vellano, Spikes, Collins and Hightower came off, with CB Logan Ryan, S Adrian Wilson, DE Marcus Benard and LB Jerod Mayo coming on.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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