According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, New England has announced that linebacker Jerod Mayo will be available in the game. Also available are running back Kevin Faulk and tackle Sebastian Vollmer.
Good news regarding Mayo, who is fourth on the Patriots defense in both total tackles and solo tackles.
As far as the inactive or unavailable players for this key game against the Steelers will be running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Dane Fletcher, quarterback Ryan Mallett, defensive back Josh Barrett, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, wide receiver Julian Edelman and guard Donald Thomas. (Via Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss.)
The major player in the inactive list is Edelman, who is the lead kickoff and punt returner for the Patriots.
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