Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 06: Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos loses his helmet as he persues Leonard Pope #45 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on December 6, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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 Broncos. New England has made tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) and linebacker Gary Guyton inactive.
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