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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order cheap colchicine online but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

So when quarterback Tom Brady perfectly sold a handoff the second time the Patriots had the ball, order cheap colchicine online receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, order cheap colchicine online blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Order cheap colchicine online He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, order cheap colchicine online coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, order cheap colchicine online 42-14, order cheap colchicine online Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, order cheap colchicine online” Lloyd said. Order cheap colchicine online “We worked hard on that all week, order cheap colchicine online and when the opportunity presented itself, order cheap colchicine online Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, order cheap colchicine online catching seven passes for 89 yards, order cheap colchicine online his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, order cheap colchicine online the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, order cheap colchicine online after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Order cheap colchicine online The ball bounced forward, order cheap colchicine online with Lloyd diving on it. Order cheap colchicine online Not how it’s drawn up, order cheap colchicine online but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, order cheap colchicine online we do our best to block downfield, order cheap colchicine online and unfortunately the ball popped out, order cheap colchicine online” Lloyd said. Order cheap colchicine online “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, order cheap colchicine online the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, order cheap colchicine online with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, order cheap colchicine online and just the sixth time this season, order cheap colchicine online the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, order cheap colchicine online Logan Mankins at left guard, order cheap colchicine online Ryan Wendell at center, order cheap colchicine online Dan Connolly at right guard, order cheap colchicine online and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, order cheap colchicine online who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Order cheap colchicine online He was back at practice last week, order cheap colchicine online in a limited role, order cheap colchicine online but was in the starting lineup Monday night, order cheap colchicine online relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, order cheap colchicine online with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order cheap colchicine online back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Order cheap colchicine online The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, order cheap colchicine online defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, order cheap colchicine online safety Derrick Martin, order cheap colchicine online and fullback James Develin, order cheap colchicine online who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Order cheap colchicine online 28, order cheap colchicine online but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order cheap colchicine online 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.

Bolden, order cheap colchicine online a rookie from Mississippi, order cheap colchicine online was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Order cheap colchicine online 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Order cheap colchicine online He hadn’t played since Oct. Order cheap colchicine online 14 at Seattle, order cheap colchicine online when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Order cheap colchicine online The injury cost him two games, order cheap colchicine online then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, order cheap colchicine online Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, order cheap colchicine online and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Order cheap colchicine online Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, order cheap colchicine online gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, order cheap colchicine online the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order cheap colchicine online But he was ready to talk after the game, order cheap colchicine online in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, order cheap colchicine online” Bolden said. Order cheap colchicine online “Missing four weeks, order cheap colchicine online you try not to get out of shape, order cheap colchicine online you keep yourself active, order cheap colchicine online it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Order cheap colchicine online Saddened that it happened, order cheap colchicine online but the team kept going, order cheap colchicine online so just got to keep moving forward, order cheap colchicine online” Bolden said. Order cheap colchicine online “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, order cheap colchicine online make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

Turning their way

Devin McCourty’s end-zone interception on Houston’s second offensive series of the game extended the Patriots’ streak of forcing at least one turnover to 24 games. Order cheap colchicine online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, order cheap colchicine online the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order cheap colchicine online one behind the Chicago Bears. Order cheap colchicine online Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, order cheap colchicine online we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order cheap colchicine online” McCourty said. Order cheap colchicine online “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Order cheap colchicine online Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order cheap colchicine online inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order cheap colchicine online but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order cheap colchicine online On the next play, order cheap colchicine online Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, order cheap colchicine online Ohio, order cheap colchicine online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order cheap colchicine online Canton is coming to you this week. Order cheap colchicine online Well, order cheap colchicine online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order cheap colchicine online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order cheap colchicine online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order cheap colchicine online Andre Tippett, order cheap colchicine online Nick Buoniconti, order cheap colchicine online Mike Haynes, order cheap colchicine online and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, order cheap colchicine online with Tippett, order cheap colchicine online Haynes, order cheap colchicine online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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