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Inactives: What Talib's absence means

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the second consecutive week, the New England Patriots will be without top cornerback Aqib Talib, as he is among the team's seven inactive players for today's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Below is a full list of inactives:

OL Chris Barker

DE Jake Bequette

LB Steve Beauharnais

WR Josh Boyce

DT Tommy Kelly

CB Aqib Talib

RB Leon Washington

Quick-hit thoughts: Talib is the name of note on this list, as he was limited all week in practice and is the team's top cornerback. In his absence, the Patriots will likely rely on the trio of Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington and rookie Logan Ryan. Arrington struggled in Week 7, leading to more snaps for Ryan in the team's base defense. It will be interesting to see if Ryan takes more snaps in the base group or if he is used strictly as a nickel cornerback. Kelly and Washington had previously been declared out, while the remaining inactives represent depth level players. After being signed earlier this week, defensive end Andre Carter will make his season debut today.

Below are the Dolphins inactives:

CB Will Davis

QB Pat Devlin

RB Mike Gillislee

CB Jamar Taylor

OL Dallas Thomas

OL Danny Watkins

OT Will Yeatman