Broncos' Dawkins makes progress this week, doubtful vs. Pats
Published: Jan. 13, 2012 at 01:55 p.m.

It's no surprise that the Denver Broncos will be without wideout Eric Decker for Saturday's division round match against the New England Patriots, but there's a chance they could veteran safety Brian Dawkins back into the mix as they face Tom Brady and the vaunted Patriots aerial attack.
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Dawkins (neck) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game, though he did not practice Friday.

Dawkins has missed the past three games with a nagging neck injury, but coach John Fox told the team's official website Wednesday that Dawkins is showing improvement.

"He’s way further along this week than he was last week, and we'll play it by ear," Fox said at the time. "When he gets cleared medically, we'll have him out there."

Broncos linebacker Von Miller (thumb), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and tight end Daniel Fells (ankle) are listed as probable.

Long-snapper Lonie Paxton has been ruled out for non-injury related reasons.