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Patriots vs. Texans Inactives: Jones, Mankins In

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The Patriots announced their inactives, and have two key players returning to the line-up in Chandler Jones and Logan Mankins.

Jim Rogash

The New England Patriots have announced their inactives for their week 14 Monday night match-up against the Houston Texans:

OL Nick McDonald

DE Jake Bequette

OL Marcus Zusevics

TE Rob Gronkowski

DL Ron Brace

DB Derrick Martin

FB James Develin

Thoughts:

  • The big news hear is obvious: the return of defensive end Chandler Jones and left guard Logan Mankins. The Patriots needed both of these guys to suit up, and they got them. Chandler Jones provides an immediate boost to the Patriots' pass rush. With him at left end, the Patriots can move Trevor Scott to sub-package duties, and Jake Bequette to the inactive list.
  • Mankins' return marks the cleanest bill of health the Patriots have seen on the offensive line in quite some time. With Mankins, Sebastian Vollmer, and Dan Connolly in the line-up - all of whom have struggled with injury lately - the Patriots are prepped to take on one of the most dangerous front sevens in the league.
  • Also notable: Donte Stallworth is active at wide receiver after being signed this week. Brandon Bolden is active at running back after being activated from his suspension earlier today. The Patriots, after having Visanthe Shiancoe inactive last week, are bringing four tight ends into tonight's game.