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Week 13 Patriots vs Vikings inactives: Danny Shelton a healthy scratch, Rex Burkhead returns

The Patriots’ inactives list is out!

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In a little more than 90 minutes, the New England Patriots will play their 12th game of the season. Against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, the Patriots might very well field their strongest team of the season to date as a look at today’s list of inactive players shows:

Patriots inactives

TE Dwayne Allen

CB Duke Dawson

CB Keion Crossen

DT Danny Shelton

DE Derek Rivers

DE Keionta Davis

OL James Ferentz

Only one of the inactives was already declared out earlier this week: blocking tight end Dwayne Allen returned to practice this week after missing the Patriots’ week 12 contest due to a knee injury suffered two weeks earlier but was still downgraded on Friday’s injury report. His absence means that Rob Gronkowski and Jacob Hollister will again be the only two tight ends available, with fullback James Develin an emergency option at the position.+

The other inactive players are all healthy scratches — with one name in particular noteworthy: Danny Shelton. With Minnesota’s running offense being among the least productive in the NFL so far this season, the team opted to deactivate the big, early down defensive tackle for the first time all year long.

Meanwhile, Rex Burkhead returns: the running back was activated off injured reserve earlier this week and will play his first game since week three — one during which he injured his neck.

Vikings inactives

QB Kyle Sloter

WR Chad Beebe

RB Mike Boone

LB Devante Downs

OC Brett Jones

TE David Morgan

DT Jalyn Holmes

As the Vikings’ inactive list shows, two of the team’s questionable star players are active: wide receiver Stefon Diggs and cornerback Xavier Rhodes will both play today.