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Patriots will get 2-game exemption

The Patriots will receive a two-game roster exemption for guard Logan Mankins, according to an NFL spokesman. That means that the team doesn't have to release a player for two games once Mankins signs his one-year tender.

However, if Mankins is active for one of the next two games, the exemption would be lifted at the time he activated. A roster move would then have to be made to create room for Mankins.

This is standard operating procedure for the NFL when it comes to late-reporting players like Mankins.

Teams can only have 53 players under contract on their active roster. With the exemption, the Patriots could have 54 for the 2-game stretch.