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Week 14 Patriots vs Chiefs inactives: Jason McCourty returns, Ted Karras only key player out

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Let’s find out who will miss today’s game.

New England Patriots v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

In not even 90 minutes, the New England Patriots will play their 13th game of the 2019 regular season, trying to improve their record to 11-2: the reigning world champions will square off at home against a Kansas City Chiefs team that is entering today’s contest with an 8-4 record. Before getting ahead of ourselves, however, let’s take a look at the players on both sides who have been declared inactive and will therefore not participate in today’s contest:

Patriots inactives

OC Ted Karras

DT Byron Cowart

CB Joejuan Williams

QB Cody Kessler

OL Korey Cunningham

TE Ryan Izzo

RB Damien Harris

The Patriots entered the weekend with eight players listed on their injury report. Only two of them, however, have been ruled out before today: starting center Ted Karras will miss the game due to a knee injury and will be replaced in the starting lineup by veteran backup James Ferentz; rookie defensive tackle Byron Cowart, meanwhile, has missed the entire week of practice due to a head injury — he too is out today.

The other six players, however, are all active: wide receivers Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle), offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (illness), linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee) and defensive backs Jason McCourty (groin) and Patrick Chung (heel) will play against Kansas City. McCourty will return after missing the Patriots’ previous two games — certainly a welcome sight against Kansas City’s superb offense.

With the exception of Karras, the list of inactives does not include any of New England’s key players.

Chiefs inactives

CB Morris Claiborne

RB Damien Williams

CB Rashad Fenton

QB Chad Henne

OL Jackson Barton

OL Nick Allegretti

TE Deon Yelder

Kansas City already ruled Damien Williams, Morris Claiborne and Rashad Fenton out on Friday. The rest of their inactives are also rather unsurprising.