Projecting the Patriots' inactives

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 game against the Browns:

Steve Beauharnais: Linebacker, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers, is on the developmental track as he's been inactive for nine games this season.

Jake Bequette: Defensive end is fifth on the depth chart and with No. 4 option Michael Buchanan hardly playing on defense, he is the odd man out, in part because of limited special-teams contributions. He has been inactive the past five games.

Marcus Cannon: Right tackle, who elevated to the starting lineup after Sebastian Vollmer sustained a season-ending leg injury Oct. 27, injured his ankle Nov. 24 against the Broncos and has already been ruled out for the second week in a row.

Alfonzo Dennard: Starting cornerback has been sidelined with a knee injury and has also missed two practices this week while in court in Nebraska for legal issues.

Aaron Dobson: Rookie receiver has already been ruled out with a foot injury for the second week in a row.

Michael Hoomanawanui: Tight end returned to practice this week for the first time since injuring his knee on Nov. 18, and could be ready to return, but with tight end Matthew Mulligan and fullback James Develin also on the roster, there might be luxury to give him another week.

Kenbrell Thompkins: Rookie receiver injured his hip last Sunday against the Texans and has been limited in practice this week.