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Patriots downgrade 2 players to out vs. Steelers

Ryan Hannable
December 16, 2017 - 7:26 pm

Besides missing Alan Branch on Sunday, we know the Patriots will be without two more players.

On Saturday night, the team ruled out Kyle Van Noy and Brandon King, as both did not make the trip to Pittsburgh.

Van Noy is a big loss as it was clear against the Dolphins Monday night how much the Patriots missed him in the middle of the defense. Elandon Roberts and potentially David Harris will need to step up in his absence. On the other hand, King is a core special teamer.

Trey Flowers did travel, which is a good sign for his availability.

Four more players will need to be made inactive before the game.

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