NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

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MIAMI -- Based on the Patriots' inactive list, it may be safe to assume that Sebastian Vollmer -- as reported by the Boston Globe's Ben Volin -- will be playing left guard today.

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He is the X-factor. Could be a Pro Bowler. Could be gathering mothballs by Week 3.

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Yes, Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday.

No, he won't play a lot.

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GAME TIME: 1 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Evan Washurn

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Troy Brown is too nice to say so, but it sounds like he agrees with Tom E.

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