CHICAGO — Who needs tight ends? The New England Patriots are playing with just one Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Jacob Hollister are listed among the Patriots’ seven inactives.
Here’s the full list:
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back)
TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring)
OT Marcus Cannon (concussion)
OL Brian Schwenke
DE Keionta Davis
DE Geneo Grissom (ankle)
DE John Simon (shoulder)
— Allen hasn’t been much of a receiver in his Patriots career, catching just 11 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown through 22 games over two seasons. Comparatively speaking, he was prolific in his years with the Indianapolis Colts, so he has shown receiving skills during his NFL career. Don’t get your hopes up if you’re thinking about adding him in fantasy, however.
— Cole Croston will be the top backup offensive tackle behind left tackle Trent Brown and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who will take over for Cannon. Expect to see Croston involved as a jumbo tight end.
— Ted Karras is back on the active list after three weeks as a healthy scratch. He’s a Chicago native.
— The Patriots’ defensive ends will be Trey Flowers, Adrian Clayborn, Deatrich Wise Jr. and Derek Rivers with Davis, Grissom and Simon out.
— Schwenke and Davis are healthy scratches.
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