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Patriots vs. Jets Week 7 inactives: Damien Harris to play, Patrick Chung out

Patriots vs. Jets Week 7 inactives: Damien Harris to play, Patrick Chung out

The New England Patriots and New York Jets both will be without a few important players for Monday night's Week 7 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots had already ruled out five players over the weekend, with the latest coming Sunday with the announcement that running back Rex Burkhead wouldn't play because of a foot injury. He has not played since Week 4.

Burkhead's absence has led to rookie running back Damien Harris being active for just the second time this season. He played a few snaps on special teams in the Patriots' 30-14 Week 3 win over the Jets, but he has yet to tally a carry in his NFL career. 

New England also will be without defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who was suspended one game by the team. Veteran safety Patrick Chung is out, too.

The defending Super Bowl champs will not have two of their tight ends. Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse both are out, which means 38-year-old veteran Benjamin Watson will be the lead tight end less than a week after rejoining the team. The Patriots also will be shorthanded at wide receiver with Josh Gordon unavailable.

Here are the inactives for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-0)

Rex Burkhead, RB
Josh Gordon, WR
Korey Cunningham, OL
Ryan Izzo, TE
Matt LaCosse, TE
Michael Bennett, DL
Patrick Chung, S

NEW YORK JETS (1-4)

Trenton Cannon, RB
Chris Herndon, TE
Kelechi Osemele, OL
Kelvin Beachum, OL
Henry Anderson, DL
Albert McClellan, LB
Newville Hewitt, LB

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran to talk about a frustrated Brady, Colin Kaepernick's NFL comeback chances and Cassel's experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

3:30 - Tom Curran is joined by Matt Cassel to discuss Tom Brady's attitude following the Patriots win over the Eagles. Does he have the right to be so outwardly upset?

10:34 - It's easy to focus on what the Patriots haven't brought in to help Brady, but Tom and Matt talk about the three first-round picks in Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and N'Keal Harry that were drafted specifically for the QB.

15:27 - A couple of former Patriots made headlines Tuesday, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his "Gronk Beach" plans for Super Bowl Sunday and Antonio Brown apologizing to Robert Kraft on social media.

20:40 - With Colin Kaepernick's workout now in the rearview, Tom and Matt discuss what they saw from him and wonder what the exposure actually did for the QB's chances of getting a job.

27:27 - Matt talks about his time with the Dallas Cowboys and gives us an insider's view of what it's like to play for Jerry Jones as opposed to Robert Kraft.

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Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

The New England Patriots worked out a defensive back on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Tre Sullivan, a former Philadelphia Eagles safety, played 12 games in 2018. The 24-year-old made 17 tackles, 12 solo, in his stint with Philadelphia. Sullivan played in college at Shepherd University in West Virginia, and was released by the Eagles over the summer. 

The workout comes after the Patriots have a need to fill three open practice squad spots following the departures of offensive tackle Dan Skipper, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu and placing Obi Melifonwu on injured reserve.

New England also announced that they've placed Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve and have actived Isaiah Wynn. 

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