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Inactive analysis

Analysis from the Patriots’ inactive players:

* With receivers Bam Childress and Bethel Johnson out, the Patriots have Deion Branch, David Givens, Troy Brown, Andre’ Davis and Tim Dwight available at receiver. Johnson has been the Patriots’ primary kickoff return man this season, but that role figures to fall to Davis.

* With running back/fullback Heath Evans inactive, the Patriots have Corey Dillon, Kevin Faulk and Patrick Pass in the offensive backfield. That’s the top three players at that spot for the team.

* With offensive linemen Billy Yates and Ross Tucker inactive, the Patriots have Nick Kaczur, Logan Mankins, Russ Hochstein, Stephen Neal, Brandon Gorin, Tom Ashworth and Gene Mruczkowski as their seven active linemen.

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* With defensive linemen Dan Klecko and Santonio Thomas inactive, the Patriots have Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green and Marquise Hill as their five active players on the line. The team is without a true backup at Wilfork’s nose tackle spot.

* With Matt Cassel as the third quarterback, that means Doug Flutie remains the No. 2 signal-caller behind Tom Brady.

On the whole, the inactive list includes mostly second-string players.

–Mike

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