Inactives analysis: Bolden back in lineup


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have officially announced their inactive players for today's game, led by tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola.

Below is the complete list.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola

Linebacker Steve Beauharnais

Tight end Rob Gronkowski

Defensive tackle Chris Jones

Wide receiver Matthew Slater

Offensive lineman Will Svitek

Running back Leon Washington

Analysis: No surprise as it relates to Amendola and Gronkowski, as the expectation was neither would play this week. Slater had previously been ruled out, while Svitek and Washington were also listed as questionable. Perhaps the biggest news as it relates to the inactives (other than Gronk and Amendola) is that running back Brandon Bolden will play for the first time this season. He's been dealing with a knee issue, but it'll be interesting to see how many carries -- if any -- he gets today. In addition, tight end Zach Sudfeld will play today, as was expected after he was a full participant in practice.

Below are the Buccaneers inactives. For the first time this season, star left guard Carl Nicks will play.

Cornerback Michael Adams

Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi

Tight end Tom Crabtree

Defensive tackle Derek Landri

Defensive end Steven Means

Quarterback Dan Orlovsky

Tight end Luke Stocker