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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Boyce, Barker added to inactives

By Field Yates

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The big news relating to the New England Patriots' Week 7 inactives is that tight end Rob Gronkowski is not one of them, as he'll make his season debut for the team today.

After already declaring five players as out for today's game, there were just two players to add to the inactive list.

As it turns out, the Patriots have decided to deactivate wide receiver Josh Boyce and guard Chris Barker.

Below is a full list of the Patriots' inactives:

WR Danny Amendola
OG Chris Barker
WR Josh Boyce
DT Tommy Kelly
CB Aqib Talib
RB Leon Washington
DB Tavon Wilson
Quick-hit thoughts: Besides Gronkowski, the Patriots also return Matthew Slater, their special-teams captain and an ace coverage player. He last played in Week 2 against the Jets, during which he broke his wrist. Boyce will sit for the second straight week, which may mean more playing time for veteran Austin Collie, signed recently. With Gronkowski active, the Patriots have one more critical pass catcher active. As for Barker, the fact that he is sitting likely means good news for both Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon, each of whom was questionable for today's game. Barker could have dressed if the team felt there was a need to provide insurance for either player as they work through injuries.

For the Jets, the team will be without wide receiver Santonio Holmes once again. Below is their full inactives list:

OT Oday Aboushi
OG William Campbell
LB Troy Davis
WR Santonio Holmes
OT Ben Ijalana
QB Brady Quinn
WR Greg Salas