Patriots vs. Jets Sunday Night Football: Actives, Inactives for Big Game
The big name the Jets will have back for this matchup is defensive lineman Mike DeVito. He has been inactive since Week 6 against Miami, and having him back will go a long way towards containing BenJarvus Green-Ellis (who is active this week) and the rest of the Patriots rushing attack.
The Jets will be without free safety Brodney Pool and rookie defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. Ellis also missed last week with an injury, and would have been a great security blanket in case DeVito cannot go for the full game.
Pool’s absence leaves a little bit of a hole in the Jets’ secondary. If the Patriots look to spread them out and force the Jets into nickel and dime packages, they will feel the loss of Pool more than if the Pat’s try to pound the ball.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Jets will have both Joe McKnight and Plaxico Burress on the field. Both were listed as probable, but had some question marks going into the game.
For the Patriots, they will be without starting linebacker Brandon Spikes and starting free safety Patrick Chung. With these pieces missing, the Jets put more responsibility on Mark Sanchez’s shoulders and try to exploit the holes.
Former Jet Shaun Ellis is available for the Patriots in tonight’s contest. He will try to put pressure on Sanchez and stop the running game the Jets have rediscovered in the last few weeks.
New England will also have cornerback Kyle Arrington suiting up for the game. He and Ellis were both questionable, but they both look like they will be starting against the Jets.
The full inactive lists for both teams can be found below.
New England Patriots:
FS Patrick Chung, OLB Dane Fletcher, QB Ryan Mallett, WR Taylor Price, OLB Brandon Spikes, OG Donald Thomas, and RB Shane Vereen
New York Jets:
DE Kenrick Ellis, TE Shawn Nelson, QB Kevin O'Connell, RB Bilal Powell, WR Eron Riley, and NT Martin Tevaseu
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