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Inactive Analysis: TE an issue once again

A rapid-reaction examination of who will and won't suit up for Week 9.


As was the case a week ago in Buffalo, the Patriots will go into tonight's game in New York with just one tight end on the roster. And Ryan Izzo isn't at 100 percent, as he deals with a hamstring injury that limited him throughout this past week's practice sessions.

Earlier today, the club downgraded rookie Dalton Keene to Out as he continues to struggle with a knee problem that kept him out of the Bills game a week ago. Fellow rookie Devin Asiasi is currently on Injured Reserve. A short time ago, the Patriots promoted a trio of players from the practice squad for tonight's contest with the Jets, but rookie defensive lineman Rashod Berry, who doubles as a tight end, was not among them.

New England did, however, supplement its D-line and linebacker positions, which were impacted by two significant downgrades on Sunday, with Tashaun Bower and Terez Hall being called up from the practice squad. WR Kristian Wilkerson also gets elevated tonight to help provide depth at that spot.

Meanwhile, despite returning to practice last week, RB Sony Michel remains on Injured Reserve. Michel was not activated for tonight's game, but New England has a couple more weeks to decide when and if they want to do so. In the interim, Rex Burkhead, James White, and Damien Harris will be the team's ball carriers.

Also of note, QB Brian Hoyer is once again the odd man out among the three Patriots QBs, which has been the case since the Chiefs game a few weeks back.

Most notable from the Jets' perspective is the absence tonight of starting QB Sam Darnold. A shoulder injury kept him from practicing twice last week and he was originally listed as Doubtful to play tonight as a result.

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