FOXBORO — The following Patriots players have been listed an inactive for Sunday’s game: linebacker Steve Beauharnais; wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins; running back Brandon Bolden; offensive lineman Marcus Cannon; defensive end Jake Bequette and tight end Michael Hoomananwanui. Here’s a look at what those moves mean for the contest:
Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon: The TCU product was sidelined all week as he continued to be dogged by an ankle injury he suffered in the win over the Broncos — he was downgraded to out on Friday. Will Svitek should see the bulk of the snaps in his place at right tackle. (Youngsters Chris Barker and Josh Kline are also active because of the relatively thin situation on the offensive line.)
Running back Brandon Bolden: The fact that Bolden is on the shelf and Stevan Ridley is back and active seems to suggest that Ridley will get some reps Sunday for the Patriots, one week after he was a healthy scratch against the Texans.
Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins: The rookie has been dogged by a hip issue the last couple of weeks.
Wide receiver Aaron Dobson: The rookie out of Marshall has been dealing with a foot issue, one he suffered in the win over Denver. He was out of practice all week, and downgraded on Friday. With Dobson and Thompkins out, Josh Boyce and Austin Collie could get plenty of reps this time around.
Linebacker Steve Beauharnais: The youngster out of Rutgers has been a healthy scratch for most of the season.
Defensive end Jake Bequette: Another youngster who has been a healthy scratch for the bulk of the season, it appears he’s slipped behind Michael Buchanan and Andre Carter on the depth chart when it comes to backing up Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Tight end Michael Hoomanwanui: The sturdy and dependable Hoomanawanui returned to practice this week after sitting because of a knee injury, but the emergence of James Develin at the fullback spot and the work of Rob Gronkowski and Matthew Mulligan mean Hoomananwanui can take another week to get back to 100 percent.