Patriots-Bills inactives: Could Damien Harris play a central role?


The Buffalo Bills could see a whole lot of Damien Harris again Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The New England Patriots running back, who was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is officially active for Week 16. Rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson has been ruled out after landing on the COVID-19/reserve list Saturday, so Harris should shoulder the rushing load after racking up 111 yards on 10 carries the last time these teams met in Week 13.

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Veteran Brandon Bolden and second-year back J.J. Taylor will serve as depth behind Harris in the backfield.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne also is active for New England after being removed from the COVID-19/reserve list this weekend, but fellow wideout Nelson Agholor won't suit up due to a concussion.

Patriots cornerback D'Angelo Ross also is set to make his 2021 debut after he was activated from the practice squad this weekend, getting the nod over inactive defensive backs Joejuan Williams and Shaun Wade.

Meanwhile, the Bills will be without two of their top four wide receivers in Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, who both were placed on COVID-19/reserve this week.

Here are the official inactive lists for a Patriots-Bills matchup that will decide the current leader in the AFC. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.


New England Patriots (9-5)

QB Jarrett Stidham

DB Joshuah Bledsoe

CB Joejuan Williams

WR Nelson Agholor

CB Shaun Wade

TE Devin Asiasi

Buffalo Bills (8-6)

RB Matt Breida

TE Tommy Sweeney

DT Star Lotulelei