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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Re-setting the game-day roster

By Mike Reiss

OAKLAND -- With the Patriots declaring tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee); offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back); defensive linemen Mike Wright (concussion) and Albert Haynesworth (back); and cornerbacks Leigh Bodden (groin) and Ras-I Dowling (hip) out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, here is a look at the projected 46-man game-day roster:

Quarterback (2):
Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer
Running back (4): BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen
Receiver (6): Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater, Taylor Price (debut)
Tight end (1): Rob Gronkowski
Offensive line (8): Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Brian Waters, Nate Solder, Donald Thomas, Thomas Welch, Ryan Wendell

(If all injured players who might be game-time decisions are cleared to play, QB Ryan Mallett would likely be the final inactive player.)

DEFENSE (projecting a 4-3 alignment) -- 22
Defensive line (7):
Vince Wilfork, Shaun Ellis, Gerard Warren (debut), Andre Carter, Kyle Love, Mark Anderson, Jermaine Cunningham
Linebacker (7): Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Rob Ninkovich, Gary Guyton, Dane Fletcher, Tracy White, Jeff Tarpinian
Cornerback (4): Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Antwaun Molden, Phillip Adams
Safety (4): Patrick Chung, Sergio Brown, Josh Barrett, James Ihedigbo

Stephen Gostkowski
Punter: Zoltan Mesko
Snapper: Danny Aiken