Saturday, September 21, 2013
Projecting the Patriots' inactives
By Mike Reiss
Before the New England Patriots play a game, we'll attempt to predict the team's inactive players.
Our best guess on the list for Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Danny Amendola -- Receiver was listed as doubtful on the injury report (groin) and doesn't look like he's ready to play at this point.
Steve Beauharnais -- Linebacker was a healthy scratch last week, as his primary contributions would come on special teams at this point.
Brandon Bolden -- Running back has missed the first two games and is questionable with a knee injury. The Patriots could use his special-teams presence with Matthew Slater, out but he might need a little more time. He said Friday that he was unsure of his status.
Dan Connolly -- Starting right guard has been limited all week with a finger injury, which raises questions about his availability. Could mean Marcus Cannon steps in.
Rob Gronkowski -- If this was a playoff game, or even the Super Bowl, the feeling is that the tight end would be ready to play. But no need to rush things in Week 3 of the regular season.
Chris Jones -- Defensive tackle was claimed on waivers last week from the Buccaneers and is still being integrated into the system.
Matthew Slater -- Special-teams captain has already been declared out with a wrist injury.
Extra point: With Slater out, safety Kanorris Davis could be in line for a promotion from the practice squad. If that happens, tight end Matthew Mulligan and defensive tackle Chris Jones would be candidates to potentially create a spot for Davis.