In less than 90 minutes, the New England Patriots will kick off their second game of the regular season, going against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. The Patriots entered the weekend in relatively good shape, with six players listed on the final injury report as questionable to participate in the contest.
One of them, safety Joshuah Bledsoe, has been ruled out since then and did not take the trip to Pittsburgh. Of the other five, none have join him on the inactives list.
- S Joshuah Bledsoe
- OL Chasen Hines
- CB Marcus Jones
- DT Sam Roberts
- QB Bailey Zappe
As noted above, Joshuah Bledsoe (groin) is the only player listed on the final injury report to not be declared active for the game against the Steelers. This means that offensive tackle Trent Brown (ankle), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb), safety Adrian Phillips (ribs), running back Pierre Strong Jr. (shoulder) and cornerback Shaun Wade (ankle) are all good to go.
Strong Jr. will make his NFL debut, serving as the number three running back alongside Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. He also factors into the kick return game with Ty Montgomery on injured reserve.
Likewise, fellow rookies offensive lineman Chasen Hines, cornerback Marcus Jones, defensive tackle Sam Roberts and quarterback Bailey Zappe are all healthy scratches. Hines, Roberts and Bailey also missed the season opener in Miami last week, as did Bledsoe.
- LB David Anenih
- OL Kendrick Green
- DE Isaiahh Loudermilk
- LB Mark Robinson
- QB Mason Rudolph
- WR Steven Sims
The Steelers had no players listed on their final injury report of the week on Friday, meaning that all of their six inactives are healthy scratches.