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FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, buy weight loss in canada but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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All lined up

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, buy weight loss in canada activating Brandon Bolden to the 53-man roster and making him eligible to play against the Texans after the running back served a four-game suspension.

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Turning their way

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Handing out Hall passes

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