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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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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, find cheap bentyl 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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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find cheap bentyl Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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