Dawkins, Decker inactive for Broncos

Veteran safety Brian Dawkins, one of the leaders and key players

for Denver’s defense, is inactive for Saturday night’s game with

the New England Patriots.

Dawkins missed last weekend’s victory over Pittsburgh with a

neck injury and has not recovered sufficiently to play in the

divisional round. David Bruton was expected to start.

Also missing for the Broncos is receiver Eric Decker, who hurt

this left knee against Pittsburgh. Decker led the team with 44

catches and scored eight TDs this season.

Long snapper Lonie Paxton is out with a personal issue for the


New England has made tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) and

linebacker Gary Guyton inactive.