In addition to Julian Edelman being out for the game, the Patriots have opted to rest Dont'a Hightower and the other players battling notable injuries. Along with Hightower, Chandler Jones, Jonathan Freeny, Sebastian Vollmer, and Justin Coleman are all declared out on Sunday. With all these players key to the Patriots postseason run, the Patriots have elected to not take chances. The Patriots already own a bye and will instead have them rest for two weeks instead of pushing the envelope for the #1 seed. With the Patriots being conservative of the injury front, it's possible that he pulls any remaining key players during the game.
In addition, Sealver Siliga is dealing with a family issue and won't suit up for the game. The Patriots will be very short-handed for the game on Sunday, although I'd expect a close game at worst. It's also a chance for Belichick to get evaluations on the back half of the roster. We may see Geneo Grissom, Keshawn Martin, Scott Chandler, and Jordan Richards some valuable snaps in case they're needed in the postseason.