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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, oxytrol in canada 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, oxytrol in canada receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, oxytrol in canada blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Oxytrol in canada He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, oxytrol in canada coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, oxytrol in canada 42-14, oxytrol in canada Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, oxytrol in canada catching seven passes for 89 yards, oxytrol in canada his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, oxytrol in canada we do our best to block downfield, oxytrol in canada and unfortunately the ball popped out, oxytrol in canada” Lloyd said. Oxytrol in canada “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, oxytrol in canada with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, oxytrol in canada back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, oxytrol in canada 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, oxytrol in canada a rookie from Mississippi, oxytrol in canada was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Oxytrol in canada 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Oxytrol in canada He hadn’t played since Oct. Oxytrol in canada 14 at Seattle, oxytrol in canada when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Oxytrol in canada The injury cost him two games, oxytrol in canada then the suspension added four more.

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

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

“Felt good, oxytrol in canada” Bolden said. Oxytrol in canada “Missing four weeks, oxytrol in canada you try not to get out of shape, oxytrol in canada you keep yourself active, oxytrol in canada it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Oxytrol in canada Saddened that it happened, oxytrol in canada but the team kept going, oxytrol in canada so just got to keep moving forward, oxytrol in canada” Bolden said. Oxytrol in canada “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, oxytrol in canada 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. Oxytrol in canada The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, oxytrol in canada the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, oxytrol in canada one behind the Chicago Bears. Oxytrol in canada Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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

Early in the fourth quarter, oxytrol in canada Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Oxytrol in canada Watt. Oxytrol in canada The ball flew into the end zone, oxytrol in canada with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, oxytrol in canada Ohio, oxytrol in canada and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, oxytrol in canada Canton is coming to you this week. Oxytrol in canada Well, oxytrol in canada at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Oxytrol in canada In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, oxytrol in canada the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, oxytrol in canada Andre Tippett, oxytrol in canada Nick Buoniconti, oxytrol in canada Mike Haynes, oxytrol in canada 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, oxytrol in canada with Tippett, oxytrol in canada Haynes, oxytrol in canada and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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