FOXBORO -- Nate Solder will be back in the mix on the Patriots offensive line Sunday.
The team's starting left tackle was not on the pre-game list of inactives, indicating he's good to go against the Dolphins and their talented front. Solder missed last week's game in Arizona with an injured hamstring, and he was limited in practice this week.
In other news from the announcement of today's inactives for the Patriots and Dolphins, linebacker Dont'a Hightower has officially been made inactive. Dealing with a knee injury he suffered against the Cardinals last week, Hightower did not practice this week so his absence comes as no surprise. Reserve 'backers Jonathan Freeny, Shea McClellin, Barkevious Mingo and Elandon Roberts could step up and see more playing time with Hightower out. Roberts, a sixth-round rookie, was made inactive last week but he will be in uniform against the Dolphins.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss Sunday's game, as Tom E. Curran reported earlier today. Other inactives for the Patriots are guard Jonathan Cooper, tight end AJ Derby, tackle LaAdrian Waddle, defensive lineman Anthony Johnson and corner Eric Rowe, who was ruled out earlier this week with an ankle injury.
The Patriots have activated undrafted rookie running back DJ Foster, who was inactive last week. He could see time as a returner or in the backfield as a pass-catching running back who could spell No. 1 sub back James White.
For the Dolphins, defensive end Mario Williams, who was limited in practice this week with a concussion, will be available. Receiver Justin Hunter, corner Jordan Lucas, running back Isaiah Pead, running back Damien Williams, center Mike Pouncey, linebacker Donald Butler and guard Dallas Thomas are inactive.