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Patriots inactives: Danny Shelton returns, Adrian Clayborn healthy scratch for first time all year

Ryan Hannable
December 23, 2018 - 11:38 am

FOXBORO -- The following Patriots players are inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills: defensive end Keionta Davis, offensive lineman James Ferentz, cornerback Duke Dawson, linebacker Brandon King, safety Obi Melifonwu, defensive end Derek Rivers and defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

This means defensive tackle Danny Shelton is active after missing the last three games. It seems clear the Patriots will have a heavy focus on stopping the run with Rivers and Clayborn inactive and then having Shelton as well as Ufomba Kamalu, who was signed off the practice squad Friday, active.

King is the only player not a healthy scratch as he was the only player listed on Friday's injury report with a knee injury. It is a little surprising when it comes to special teams that Melifonwu is inactive with King out.

Dawson, the Patriots' second-round pick, still has not played in a game this season after being activated off injured reserve during the bye week.

Without Josh Gordon, the Patriots will go with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson at receiver. Tight end Jacob Hollister is back after being a healthy scratch last week in Pittsburgh.

The Patriots will clinch their 10th straight AFC East title with a win.

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