The New England Patriots travel south to Miami to square off against the Dolphins in their regular season finale. As they take the field Sunday, they will do so without several members of their regular starting defense.
Before the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium, here’s who is both active and inactive for both squads.
LB Dont’a Hightower
FS Kyle Dugger
RB J.J. Taylor
TE Devin Asiasi
QB Jarrett Stidham
After being a limited participant in practice the past few weeks with a knee injury, the Patriots downgraded linebacker Dont’a Hightower to out on Saturday. With a playoff spot already wrapped up, the Patriots had little reason to push the veteran to suit up in Week 18.
Joining Hightower on the sideline will be a trio of defensive backs. After being absent from practice throughout the week, safety Kyle Dugger will miss Sunday’s finale with a hand injury. Cornerback Shaun Wade was a late addition to the Patriots injury report on Sunday. The team announced the rookie would be inactive due to an illness, despite not listing him on their final inactive list. Myles Bryant also will not play against Miami, as he was placed on the Covid-19/reserve list earlier in the week.
With several missing pieces in the secondary, the Patriots elevated two defensive backs off of the practice squad. Safety Sean Davis will serve as a standard elevation, while cornerback D’Angelo Ross joins defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale as Covid-19 replacements.
Cornerback Joejuan Williams will also be active for the first time since Week 13.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who has missed the team’s last two contest, will return to the field Sunday after clearing concussion protocol. N’Keal Harry will also make his return after being a healthy scratch last week.
WR Preston Williams
RB Salvon Ahmed
DE Darius Hodge
OLB Vince Biegel
TE Hunter Long
The Dolphins final injury report on Friday featured no players, meaning they have a full squad for their finale.