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Week 16 Patriots vs Bills inactives: Adrian Clayborn a healthy scratch, Danny Shelton returns

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New England and Buffalo released their inactives for today’s game.

Green Bay Packers v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

In a little more than an hour, the New England Patriots will play their 15th regular season game of the year when they kick off against the visiting Buffalo Bills. Both teams are relatively healthy at this point of the year as a look at today’s inactives lists shows:

Patriots inactives

DE Keionta Davis

DB Duke Dawson

OL James Ferentz

DB Brandon King

SS Obi Melifonwu

DE Derek Rivers

DE Adrian Clayborn

Of the Patriots’ seven inactives, only one was listed on the injury report earlier this year: special teams ace Brandon King was limited all week with a knee issue as was officially questionable. He will miss today’s contests, which in turn will put more pressure on New England’s other core kicking game players like Nate Ebner and Matthew Slater, and potentially Rex Burkhead as well.

The rest of New England’s inactives are all healthy, with the biggest name being Adrian Clayborn. The reason for that is no surprising one, however: the Patriots will likely try to take away Buffalo’s running game and the scrambling abilities of quarterback Josh Allen. Having an extra big body available — Danny Shelton, who himself was a healthy scratch the last three games — is apparently the preferred course of action for the coaching staff.

Also active is defensive edge Ufomba Kamalu, who was activated off the team’s practice squad earlier this week. He gets the edge over primary pass rushers Adrian Clayborn, Derek Rivers and Keionta Davis.

Bills inactives

CB Ryan Lewis

RB Chris Ivory

TE Charles Clay

WR Ray-Ray McCloud

DB Dean Marlowe

OL Vladimir Ducasse

QB Derek Anderson

While ex-Patriots cornerback Ryan Lewis was already declared out on Friday, Chris Ivory was listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week. He too, however, will miss the game which means that the Bills will use rookie Keith Ford — he of 14 carries this season — as the number two back behind starter LeSean McCoy.