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Week 14 Patriots vs Dolphins inactives: Stephon Gilmore is ACTIVE; Danny Shelton OUT again

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New England has released its list of inactive players.

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In a little more than 90 minutes, the New England Patriots will play their 13th game of the regular season — and their second this year against the Miami Dolphins. And while the Patriots won the first of the two teams’ meetings relatively easily, playing in South Florida has oftentimes been tricky for them in the past. Luckily for New England, it will have almost all hands on deck today as a look at the inactives list shows.

Patriots inactives

TE Dwayne Allen

OL James Ferentz

CB Duke Dawson

DT Danny Shelton

DE Keionta Davis

DE Derek Rivers

CB Keion Crossen

While Dwayne Allen will miss his third straight game because of a knee injury, the rest of the Patriots’ inactives are all healthy scratches — including once again three interesting names: trade acquisition Danny Shelton, who is primarily used as a run-stopper at defensive tackle, as well as second-round rookie cornerback Duke Dawson and 2017 third-round pick Derek Rivers.

This also means that cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was questionable to play after popping up on the practice report on Friday with an ankle injury, will be active. This is obviously great news for a Patriots secondary that is coming off its best game of the season. It will still be interesting to see if Gilmore, as usual, plays 100% of the snaps or if the team opts to give undrafted rookie J.C. Jackson more playing time.

Dolphins inactives

OC Jake Brendel

CB Xavien Howard

QB David Fales

OG Isaac Asiata

OT Zach Sterup

DE Jonathan Woodard

WR Isaiah Ford

The Dolphins’ best defensive back and arguably player, Xavien Howard, was already ruled out for the game on Friday. Meanwhile, ex-Patriot Danny Amendola — who was listed as questionable — will play against his former team.