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Monday, 14 December 2015 00:27

Week 14 Inactive Report: Patriots at Texans

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LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), OL Josh Kline (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (foot), DL Geneo Grissom, DL Sealver Siliga, S Tavon Wilson, WR Damaris Johnson. 

The biggest news heading into the Patriots-Texans game tonight is that beloved TE Rob Gronkowski will be active, despite not going through a pregame on-field workout. At about 7:45, he came out for normal warm-ups with a brace on his right knee. 

Additionally, TE Scott Chandler and WR Danny Amendola will be active for tonight’s game after being on the injury report the last two weeks. Chandler seems to be fine, but Amendola played last week’s game at certainly less than 100%.

Having these receivers available tonight should prove to be crucial against a defense with a rather talented defensive line who have seemed to be improving their form over the last few weeks.

Other notable players that are active are DB Patrick Chung, DB Justin Coleman, DB Leonard Johnson, and DB Jordan Richards. These players being active will give some much needed depth in the secondary in tonight’s game.

Justin Coleman has dealt with a broken for a considerable part of the season and seems to have lost his cast before the game, he was seen wearing it as late as Friday. Shortly before the game, he was recasted by the medical staff. 

Leonard Johnson will make his debut as a Patriot after signing with the team earlier this week. Jordan Richards is active after being a healthy scratch for the last two weeks. He will be sporting the #34 jersey for the game. 

Dont’a Hightower will surely be missed on the defensive side of the ball tonight, he will miss tonight’s game after suffering a sprained MCL last week against the Eagles. He usually wears the mic and runs the defense, look for Jamie Collins to be wearing the mic tonight. 

Edelman is still recovering from his broken foot, but was seen at practice this week for the first time since his injury and surgery.

Tom Brady and the offense will be without OL Josh Kline tonight. The team continues to struggle to keep their rag-tag crew of lineman healthy. The line for tonight will be Vollmer, Mason, Stork, Jackson, Cannon. This will be the 10th combo for the offensive line this season. 

WR Damaris Johnson is a healthy scratch after being acquired earlier this week to add depth to the wide-out position.

DL Geneo Grissom will be healthy scratch tonight after being involved with the block punt last week against the Eagles. Evidently, he was at least partially to blame for the blocked punt. DE Rob Ninkovich will take the rookie's spot on the punt protection squad. 

DL Sealver Siliga and S Tavon Wilson are also healthy scratches for tonight’s game. It’s not an awful thing that there are four healthy inactives tonight, particularly when the team is fighting the injury bug. 

Drew Kennedy

Drew is a Patriots beat reporter for CLNS Radio.  Drew is currently a Communication Major at Bryant University in Rhode Island.  At Bryant, Drew serves as Director of Marketing for Recreational Sports, and VP of Marketing for a new student section club for Bryant Athletics.  You can follow Drew on Twitter @DrewKennedy7.