As expected, the Patriots have both Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell active. Both were questionable on the injury report and limited all week, but are set to play tonight. What remains to be seen is if the injuries will limit them during the game.
The Patriots are also thin along the front seven. Future All-Pro linebacker Dont'a Hightower is out with a shoulder injury, meaning Jonathan Casillas will see a jump in snaps. The Patriots also don't get back defensive end Chandler Jones. He had media availability this week and that was seen as a positive sign for his return, but he's being held out once more.
Malcolm Butler once again jumps ahead of Alfonzo Dennard on the depth chart. Rookie tackle Cameron Fleming is out once again, which means more snaps for Marcus Cannon as the third tackle / blocking tight end (gulp).