FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel is active after a pregame report scare that he would be a game-time decision.
Here’s the Patriots’ full list of inactives:
OL Ted Karras
OL Cole Croston
DE Keionta Davis
DT Malcom Brown (knee)
DE Geneo Grissom (ankle)
CB JC Jackson
DE John Simon (shoulder)
— Brown is the biggest surprise. The Patriots will dress just three defensive tackles, Danny Shelton, Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler. It seems the Patriots will indeed dare the Chiefs to run. Brown hurt his knee last week and didn’t finish the game. He was questionable to play.
— This is just Derek Rivers’ second career game. He’s been a healthy scratch in four of the Patriots’ games this season after he tore his ACL last summer. He’ll play over Davis, Grissom and Simon.
— Jackson is a healthy scratch over Eric Rowe, who will play for the first time since Week 2. We’ll see who starts at cornerback between Rowe and Jason McCourty. We think McCourty would be the smarter play. Rowe also could come in as the third cornerback over Jonathan Jones since the Chiefs’ No. 3 receiver, Chris Conley, is a big wideout.
— Simon suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5. He was limited in practice all week and designated as questionable.
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