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Inactive analysis

Analysis from the Patriots’ inactive players and what that could mean for others today:

* With offensive tackle Wesley Britt out, that bumps rookie Ryan O’Callaghan into the tackle mix. O’Callaghan, who has worked solely at right tackle and has been limited by a neck injury of late, had been inactive the last four games. That makes Nick Kaczur the swing tackle today.

* With center/guard Gene Mruczkowski out, the Patriots have Russ Hochstein as their top interior backup.

* With receiver Bam Childress out, the team dresses five receivers — Reche Caldwell, Troy Brown, Jabar Gaffney, Kelvin Kight and Chad Jackson. Childress was the sixth player on the depth chart last week in terms of snaps played.


* With running back Kevin Faulk out, the Patriots lose their most productive back in the passing game. Faulk is often in the game on third down and obvious passing situations. The Patriots are likely to turn to rookie Laurence Maroney in that role.

* With cornerback/safety Chad Scott out, the Patriots are expected to turn to Ellis Hobbs for the second week in a row as a starter at cornerback. Scott has made nine starts this season (8 at corner, 1 at safety) and his loss pushes players like Ray Mickens, Willie Andrews and Antwain Spann another notch up the cornerback depth chart.

* With tight end Benjamin Watson out, the Patriots will dress two tight ends — Daniel Graham and David Thomas. As has been the case the previous two weeks, Thomas is expected to fill the void left by Watson.

* With nose tackle Vince Wilfork out, the Patriots are expected to have second-year player Mike Wright start for the third straight week. If the Patriots elect to play younger players later in the game, it will also be an opportunity for rookie Le Kevin Smith to get some time at nose tackle, with Wright possibly moving to end.

* With Vinny Testaverde as the third quarterback, the Patriots have Tom Brady and Matt Cassel as their two active signal-callers for the 16th game this season. This is the seventh week that Testaverde has filled that role since signing with the team Nov. 14.



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