The following players have been listed as inactive by the Patriots for Monday’s game against the Panthers: linebacker Steve Beauharnais, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, safety Steve Gregory, offensive lineman Chris Barker, running back Brandon Bolden, defensive lineman Jake Bequette and running back/returner Leon Washington.

Here’s how the decisions will impact what happens on the field:

The Patriots have officially activated running back Shane Vereen. He is listed as probable for Monday night’s game against the Panthers.

Vereen has been on injured reserve since breaking his wrist in the Patriots’ Week 1 win over Buffalo. In that game, he registered 101 rushing yards and 58 receiving yards.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier on Monday that the Patriots’ plan will be to “ease” Vereen back into the gameplan.

Two bodyguards who had been providing security for the 2009 wedding of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen in Costa Rica were found guilty of attempted murder for shooting at paparazzi who were trying to photograph the event, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan Monday to discuss the Patriots’ matchup with the Panthers and news from around the NFL.

New England and Carolina square off on Monday night in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers, backed by a stellar defense, enter the bout with a surprising 6-3 record. At the helm of that defense is middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the former Boston College standout.

There have been conflicting reports about the level of the Patriots’ interest in Ed Reed after the veteran safety was released by the Texans last week. According to a story Sunday by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Tom Brady texted Reed to encourage him to sign with New England. However, the Patriots brass did not show the same level of interest.

Wes Welker reportedly sustained a concussion in Sunday’s Broncos game. The former Patriots receiver, in his first season with Denver, took a serious hit going over the middle on a fourth-quarter pass play against the Chiefs, and left the game later in the second half as the team announced he was being evaluated for a concussion.

The Patriots announced Sunday night that Leon Washington has been downgraded to out for Monday’s game against the Panthers.

The veteran running back/kick returner has been dogged by injuries for the better part of the 2013 season, and showed up on the injury report with an ankle issue that had him limited over the course of the week. The 31-year-old has played in two games this season, and has one rush for one yard on the year.

Cornerback Aqib Talib has made the trip to Carolina and is expected to play Monday night against the Panthers, according to the Boston Herald.

Talib, who has been in the shelf three straight weeks because of a hip injury he suffered in a Week 6 win over the Saints, is New England’s top corner, having coming away with four picks to this point in the season while matched up against some of the best pass catchers in the league in Atlanta’s Roddy White and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham.

Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and safety Steve Gregory were officially downgraded to out on Saturday afternoon for Monday’s contest against the Panthers.

Alfonzo Dennard and Steve Gregory were the only two players missing at the start of Patriots practice on Saturday, according to media members who were present.

Dennard has been at practice all week prior to Saturday, but has popped up on the injury report as “limited” because of a knee problem. Gregory has been slowed by a thumb injury he sustained in the recent win over the Steelers, and is expected to be on the shelf for the next couple of weeks.