Pats-Broncos inactives: Bennett's active, Gillislee isn't


Pats-Broncos inactives: Bennett's active, Gillislee isn't

DENVER -- Martellus Bennett will be in uniform and ready to go for the Patriots just a few days after re-joining the team. 

The tight end came into the game as questionable due to a shoulder injury, but when the Patriots released their inactive list for Sunday night's game against the Broncos, Bennett wasn't on it. 

He'll join Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister as the tight ends on the active game day roster. How might he contribute in his first game with the Patriots since Super Bowl LI? Glad you asked. We listed some of the areas where he could help here, including in the red zone.

The majority of the Patriots inactive list comes as no surprise: Cassius Marsh (shoulder), Eric Rowe (groin) joined Chris Hogan (shoulder), Marcus Cannon (ankle) and Malcom Brown (ankle) among those too injured to play. Cole Croston is a healthy scratch, as he has been every week this season.

The other healthy inactive? Running back Mike Gillislee. The Patriots have had five running backs active on game days in recent weeks, but with Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead taking on bigger workloads of late, that made Gillislee a candidate to be scratched. Gillislee does not contribute on special teams, which is why he'd be left off the roster as opposed to someone like Brandon Bolden, who is a core special-teamer.

Both Danny Amendola (knee) and Stephon Gilmore (ankle/concussion) were questionable coming into the game but took part in a lengthy warm-up before the game and looked ready to go. 

The complete lists:

OT Marcus Cannon
OT Cole Croston
RB Mike Gillislee
WR Chris Hogan
OLB Cassius Marsh
CB Eric Rowe
DL Malcom Brown

CB Lorenzo Doss
RB De'Angelo Henderson
LB Joe Jones
QB Paxton Lynch
OT Donald Stephenson
WR Jordan Taylor
DE DeMarcus Walker

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."

Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.