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Patriots-Dolphins inactives: These players won't play in Week 18 finale

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The New England Patriots will be without two key defensive players for Sunday's Week 18 regular season finale versus the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Second-year safety Kyle Dugger and veteran linebacker Dont'a Hightower are both unavailable. Dugger was ruled out Friday and didn't practice that day. He's dealing with a hand injury. Hightower was downgraded to out on Saturday because of a knee injury. 

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There are no surprise inactives for either team.

If the Patriots win, they are assured of being at least the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. They could still win the AFC East title, too, but that would require a win over the Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills losing to the New York Jets.

Kickoff in Miami is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET

Here are the official inactive lists for the Patriots and Dolphins.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-6)

Jarrett Stidham, QB

J.J.Taylor, RB

Devin Asiasi, TE

Dont'a Hightower, LB

Kyle Dugger, FS

MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-8)

Salvon Ahmed, RB

Preston Williams, WR

Hunter Long, TE

Darius Hodge, DE

Vince Biegel, OLB