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Patriots Starting Center Bryan Stork Ruled Out for AFC Championship Game vs. Colts

The Patriots have ruled out starting center Bryan Stork for their AFC Championship game versus the Colts.

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

As the Indianapolis Colts prepare to take on the New England Patriots this Sunday in the AFC Championship game, both teams put out their injury reports today.  The Colts listed two players as questionable - cornerbacks Vontae Davis (knee) and Greg Toler (groin) - though both are absolutely expected to play.  For the Patriots, they've ruled one player out for the game - starting center Bryan Stork, who has a knee injury.

Stork was injured in last week's win over the Ravens and will be forced to miss this week's game due to the injury.  The rookie started 11 regular season games this year after being inserted into the starting lineup a few weeks into the season, and with him in the starting lineup the Patriots' line improved.  He also started last week's Divisional Round game before he was injured.

In his place, Ryan Wendell will shift over to start at center.  Wendell started at center for the Patriots in 2012 and 2013 but has been starting at right guard this season.  It's likely, then, that Josh Kline will then step in at right guard for the Patriots.

Of course, with the Patriots missing their starting center it will make it tougher for them to dominate the Colts on the ground like they've done in recent games, so it could be a position to watch on Sunday evening in the AFC Championship game.