After already declaring five players as out for today's game, there were just two players to add to the inactive list.
Below is a full list of the Patriots' inactives:
Quick-hit thoughts: Besides Gronkowski, the Patriots also return Matthew Slater, their special-teams captain and an ace coverage player. He last played in Week 2 against the Jets, during which he broke his wrist. Boyce will sit for the second straight week, which may mean more playing time for veteran Austin Collie, signed recently. With Gronkowski active, the Patriots have one more critical pass catcher active. As for Barker, the fact that he is sitting likely means good news for both Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon, each of whom was questionable for today's game. Barker could have dressed if the team felt there was a need to provide insurance for either player as they work through injuries.
For the Jets, the team will be without wide receiver Santonio Holmes once again. Below is their full inactives list: