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Ten things to watch in Pats-Saints

Updated: August 12, 2010, 5:34 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots host the New Orleans Saints in both teams' preseason opener Thursday at Gillette Stadium, and here are 10 areas to monitor from a Patriots perspective:

1. Wes Welker's participation. The recovering wide receiver fully participated in joint practices with the Saints on Tuesday and Wednesday, opening the possibility that he suits up for the preseason opener. The Patriots have not had live tackling in practice, other than at the goal-line, so if ...

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