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Week 10 Patriots vs Broncos inactives: Martellus Bennett, Stephon Gilmore ACTIVE; Mike Gillislee OUT

New England has released its list of inactive players.

NFL: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In not even 90 minutes, the New England Patriots will play their ninth game of the season. Despite coming off a bye week, though, New England will not be at full strength when facing the Denver Broncos on the road tonight. But while the team misses some big names, others are back or healthy despite injury concerns.

With that in mind, let's take a look at today's Patriots inactives:

DT Malcom Brown

OT Marcus Cannon

OT Cole Croston

RB Mike Gillislee

WR Chris Hogan

DE Cassius Marsh

CB Eric Rowe

Malcom Brown, Marcus Cannon and Chris Hogan were already ruled out by the team on Friday. In their place, New England is expected to turn to increased snaps for Alan Branch, Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler at defensive tackle, while moving LaAdrian Waddle into Cannon's spot as the starter at right offensive tackle - where he will be asked to slow down star edge rusher Von Miller.

The rest of the inactives are no real surprise – with one big exception: Mike Gillislee, the Patriots leading rusher this season. While the offseason acquisition has lost playing time to Dion Lewis, he still is the only bigger back on the roster and thus believed to have a role. Against Denver's talented front seven, however, it seems the team opts to go with more versatility than power.

Of course, with the names above not suiting up some big players are making their return: Tight end Martellus Bennett, freshly claimed off waivers after getting released by Green Bay earlier this week, will kick off his second Patriots stint. Meanwhile, starting outside cornerback Stephon Gilmore is back after missing the last three games due to a concussion.


The Denver Broncos' inactives, for comparison look as follows:

QB Paxton Lynch

RB De'Angelo Henderson

DB Lorenzo Doss

LB Joseph Jones

LB DeMarcus Walker

OL Donald Stephenson

WR Jordan Taylor