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Patriots have clinched a first round bye
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:11:06 am »
James Harrison is active for the New England Patriots against the New York Jets for the regular season finale Sunday after being signed following his release by Pittsburgh.

The Patriots have clinched a first round bye, but can still get home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Jets.

Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive for the third straight week, likely ending his tenure with the team. Coach Todd Bowles, who got a contract extension this week, benched Wilkerson for being late to a team meeting.

New England is down to one healthy running back in Dion Lewis along with fullback James Develin. James White ankle , RB Rex Burkhead knee and Mike Gillislee knee are out against the Jets.

The Steelers are giving several starters the day off against the winless Cleveland Browns despite having a shot at home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le Veon Bell, offensive linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Cam Heyward are healthy but inactive for Pittsburgh.

Landry Jones will start in place of Roethlisberger with Stevan Ridley taking Bell s spot in the backfield.

The Steelers have already clinched a first round bye. To earn home field advantage, they need to beat Cleveland and have New England lose to the New York Jets.

Defensive back Coty Sensabaugh is also inactive for Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss his second straight game while recovering from a left calf injury.

Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins will miss a regular season game for the first time in his five year career because of a calf injury. He played the first 79.

Hopkins has 96 catches and entered Week 17 second in the NFL with 1,378 yards receiving.

Chicago will be without two starting offensive linemen, right tackle Bobby Massie and left guard Josh Sitton, against Minnesota, which has the NFL s top ranked defense. The Vikings are missing their starting center, Pat Elflein, for the second time in four games because of a shoulder injury.

Philadelphia cornerback Sidney Jones, a second round pick who hasn t played this season following surgery before the draft, was active and expected to play against Dallas. Jones hasn t played since Washington s bowl game last Dec. 31. Jones sustained an Achilles tendon injury in March.

Inactives for Sunday s early games


Jets RT Brandon Shell concussion , TE Austin Seferian Jenkins ribs/foot , DB Rashard Robinson, OLB Freddie Bishop, WR Lucky Whitehead, NT Deon Simon, DE Muhammad Wilkerson

Patriots RB James White ankle , RB Rex Burkhead knee , RB Mike Gillislee knee DL Alan Branch knee , WR Chris Hogan shoulder , OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris.


Browns QB Cody Kessler, G Geoff Gray, FB Danny Vitale, C Marcus Martin, WR Matt Hazel, TE Matt Lengel, LB Jeremy Cash

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown calf , CB Coty Sensabaugh, RG David DeCastro, C Maurkice Pouncey, DE Cam Heyward


Texans QB Josh Johnson, WR DeAndre Hopkins calf , WR DeAndrew White, RB Jordan Todman shoulder , LB LaTroy Lewis shoulder , OL Kendall Lamm Q concussion , OL Jeff Allen concussion .

Colts QB Brad Kaaya, WR Donte Moncrief ankle , TE Jason Vander Laan concussion , OL Mark Glowinski, DT Caraun Reid, OL Denzelle Good knee , DT Johnathan Hankins ankle .


Bears DE Rashaad Coward, S Deiondre Hall, RT Bobby Massie, RB Taquan Mizzell, QB Mark Sanchez, TE Adam Shaheen Francis Kallon Jersey, LG Josh Sitton

Vikings QB Kyle Sloter, WR Stacy Coley, CB Tramaine Brock, RB Mack Brown, C Pat Elflein, DE Tashawn Bower, DT Shamar Stephen


Packers CB Damarious Randall knee , WR Davante Adams, WR Jordy Nelson, TE Richard Rodgers, G Jahri Evans, RB Aaron Jones, LB Chris Odom.

Lions CB Nevin Lawson concussion , RB Zach Zenner, RB Dwayne Washington, OT Brian Mihalik, TE Michael Roberts, DT Rodney Coe, WR Jace Billingsley.


Cowboys WR Cole Beasley, RB Rod Smith, LB Tre von Johnson, OG Kadeem Edwards, TE Blake Jarwin, DE Benson Mayowa, DL David Irving.

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi, DE Derek Barnett, LB Nigel Bradham, DE Brandon Graham, DT Tim Jernigan, S Rodney McLeod, CB Jalen Mills.


Redskins WR Robert Davis, S DeAngelo Hall, LB Ryan Anderson, LB Zach Brown, G Kyle Kalis, C Demetrius Rhaney and NT Ziggy Hood.