Projecting the Patriots' inactives

September, 7, 2013
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Every day before the New England Patriots play a game, we'll attempt to predict the team's inactive players.

The Patriots currently have 52 players on their roster. With 46 players allowed on the game-day roster, there are six players who won't be part of the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Our best guess on the list:

RB Brandon Bolden -- Has been limited in practice with a knee injury and was one of the only players not spotted in the preseason finale, so the hunch is that he might need more time.

WR Aaron Dobson -- Rookie was limited in practice with a hamstring injury and currently projects to a reserve role (and doesn't contribute on special teams).

DT A.J. Francis -- Claimed on waivers from the Dolphins on Sunday, the undrafted rookie is still getting up to speed in the system.

TE Rob Gronkowski -- Listed as doubtful as he recovers from forearm and back surgeries, he still seems to be a few weeks away.

OT/G Will Svitek -- Veteran who backs up multiple spots has already been declared out with a knee injury.

LB Chris White -- Claimed on waivers from the Lions on Sunday, he probably needs more time to get integrated into the system.

Extra point: The Patriots sometimes make roster moves the day of the game, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they fill their final roster spot Saturday. Guard Josh Kline would be an ideal candidate from this view, and if it happens, it could bump rookie guard/center Chris Barker to the inactive list.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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