In not even 90 minutes, the New England Patriots will play their fourth game of this year’s regular season, trying to improve to 3-1: coming off a chaotic weekend that saw Cam Newton get tested positive for Covid-19 and the contest moved from Sunday to Monday, the Patriots will square off on the road against a Kansas City Chiefs team that is heading into the contest with a perfect 3-0 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:
CB Myles Bryant
TE Dalton Keene
G Shaq Mason
WR Jakobi Meyers
The biggest name on the Patriots’ inactives list is without a doubt Shaq Mason. The team’s starting right guard, who helped the team gain 253 rushing yards on just 35 carries last Sunday, has been limited all week in practice because of a calf injury. He was listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report of the week, and has now been deactivated. With the veteran out, second-year man Hjalte Froholdt appears to be the frontrunner to take over.
The other players listed as questionable on Friday, meanwhile, are all good to go: wide recevier Julian Edelman (knee), offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (calf), and defensive tackle Adam Butler (shoulder) have been declared active for the game against the Chiefs. It remains to be seen, however, how effective they will be and whether or not their workload will be impacted by their respective injuries.
Also among those active are running back Damien Harris and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski, who were activated from injured reserve earlier on Monday.
As opposed to Mason, Myles Bryant, Dalton Keene and Jakobi Meyers are all healthy scratches.
Three notable Patriots are not listed on the inactive list, given that they have been moved off the 53-man roster: running back Sony Michel and core special teamer Cody Davis have been sent to injured reserve for at least three weeks, with
LB Darius Harris
DE Demone Harris
OL Yasir Durant
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
DT Chris Jones
Kansas City also will have a big name inactive: standout defensive tackle Chris Jones, who is dealing with a groin injury, is out as well. He was listed as questionable on Friday, the lone Chief to make the list.