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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Highlighting issues at right guard

By Mike Reiss

One area to consider as the Patriots put together their 53-man roster is the right guard position, and how the team's top three options are currently dealing with injuries.

Starter Dan Connolly injured his right ankle in the third preseason game and has been out since. Top backup Ryan Wendell has been out all preseason with a calf injury. And third-stringer Rich Ohrnberger, who some viewed to be on the roster bubble, sustained a head injury in the preseason finale, which could be a concussion.

Looking ahead to the season opener Sept. 12, this is the position of most immediate need and could impact the team's decision-making with the final roster.

Free-agent center Andre Gurode was scheduled to visit with the Patriots today, although it wasn't a workout. The Patriots are likely to consider other free-agent options as well, while possibly exploring trade opportunities, as the team's depth up front is being taxed.