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WR Chad Ochocinco inactive for Patriots Sunday

Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:02 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 2:05 pm
 

After a win over the Texans last week, Joe Flacco and the Ravens will take on Tom Brady and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan preview this game. Watch the game on CBS at 3 PM ET. 

By Ryan Wilson

Chad Ochocinco missed practice Friday and wasn't with the team Saturday because, according to various reports, he had flown home to Fort Lauderdale to attend his father's funeral. Ochocinco, who was traded to the Patriots just before training camp but managed just 15 receptions and one touchdown all season, rejoined his team in time for Sunday's AFC Championship matchup against the Raven but he will not be active.

The former Bengals wide receiver and Pro Bowler, considered a healthy scratch, struggled to learn the nuances of the Patriots' offense, which explained why Ochocinco was often on the sidelines when the team went no-huddle during the season. Missing valuable practice time this week likely played a part in coach Bill Belichick's decision to deactivate him.

This won't affect the Patriots' offensive game plan, however. Tom Brady's favorite targets -- Wes Welker (122 receptions, 9 TDs), Rob Gronkowski (90, 17), Aaron Hernandez (79, 7) and Deion Branch (51, 5) -- will all play.

Running back Stevan Ridley is also inactive, possibly due to fumbling twice in the previous two games.

Other Patriots inactives: OL Sebastian Vollmer, OL Donald Thomas, LB Gary Guyton, RB Shane Vereen and QB Ryan Mallett.

Ravens inactives: WR Tandon Doss, CB Chykie Brown, RB Anthony Allen, LBs Josh Bynes andSergio Kindle, OL Justin Boren, NT Brandon McKinney.

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Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:18 pm
 

WR Chad Ochocinco inactive for Patriots Sunday

Thought he retired last year?




Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:15 pm
 

WR Chad Ochocinco inactive for Patriots Sunday

Who?



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:56 pm
 

WR Chad Ochocinco inactive for Patriots Sunday

Dang it Bobblehead. You said what I was going to post! LOL He did his team a favor by being "Officially" inactive so they can put a real football player on the field. It's the best thing he could've done to help his team win. Chad 85....he's full of jive.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:35 pm
 

WR Chad Ochocinco inactive for Patriots Sunday

Overreaction to Ridley-- He provides a nice boost to Green-Ellis... a lot moreso than Woodhead.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:25 pm
 

WR Chad Ochocinco inactive for Patriots Sunday

Hasn't he been pretty much Inactive all year?  LOL


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