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Week 8 Patriots vs Chargers inactives: Stephon Gilmore OUT; Danny Amendola, Marcus Cannon ACTIVE

New England has released its list of inactive players for today's game.

NFL: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In a little more than an hour, the New England Patriots will play their eighth game of the season. Against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers, the team will try to improve its record to 6-2 and to further strengthen its lead in the division as well as gain momentum heading into its bye week.

Unfortunately, the Patriots will have to accomplish all that without some core contributors available. A look at today's list of inactives shows just that:

DT Malcom Brown

OT Cole Croston

OT Cameron Fleming

CB Stephon Gilmore

DE Geneo Grissom

LB Dont'a Hightower

CB Eric Rowe

Malcom Brown (ankle), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and Eric Rowe (groin) have already been ruled out on Friday as part of the Patriots' final injury report. Hightower recently underwent surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017 season while Rowe and Brown will both likely return at some point after the bye week.

The trio, all core defenders, is joined on the inactives list by another big name: Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore, the high-priced offseason acquisition, has been dealing with a concussion (as well as an ankle injury) suffered during week five and has only recently returned to practice. Apparently, he is not yet ready to perform in a game, though. In his and Rowe's place, Johnson Bademosi and Jonathan Jones will see increased roles again.

The rest of the seven inactives – offensive tackles Cole Croston and Cameron Fleming as well as defensive edge Geneo Grissom – are all depth players at this point in time. Neither being out is a surprise.

While New England will miss some important defenders, linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle) will return after missing last week's game and being listed as questionable on Friday. The team will also see two core members of the offense be active despite their “questionable” status on Friday's final injury report: Wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee) and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) will both be active for today's game against the Chargers.

For comparison, the Chargers' inactives look as follows: