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Trade of LG Logan Mankins leads to minor shakeup of Patriots offensive line

  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley speaks to a reporter in the locker room after team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley speaks to a reporter in the locker room after team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, new Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins meets with members of the media before an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins  in Tampa, Fla. Mankins says he isn't upset by a trade that sent him from New England to Tampa Bay. He's focused on learning the playbook and helping the Buccaneers' struggling offensive line.  (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, new Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins meets with members of the media before an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins in Tampa, Fla. Mankins says he isn't upset by a trade that sent him from New England to Tampa Bay. He's focused on learning the playbook and helping the Buccaneers' struggling offensive line. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, watches his players on the practice field in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, watches his players on the practice field in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

The New England Patriots will go into Sunday's opener at the Miami Dolphins with a new left guard.

Josh Kline is listed as the starter in their depth chart, but coach Bill Belichick hasn't said who will replace Logan Mankins.

The Patriots traded the six-time Pro Bowl player to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft choice next year.

Right guard Dan Connolly, center Ryan Wendell, left tackle Nate Solder and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer return as starters. Backup linemen Jordan Devey, Bryan Stork and Marcus Cannon provide decent depth.

The offensive line had a mediocre season last year when Tom Brady was sacked 40 times. That's one less than his career high of 41.

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