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3 Patriots players downgraded to out for Sunday's game vs. Lions

Ryan Hannable
September 22, 2018 - 9:32 pm

The Patriots will be missing some key players Sunday night in Detroit.

On top of tight end Jacob Hollister, who was ruled out Friday, the team will also be without defensive end Trey Flowers, safety Patrick Chung and cornerback Eric Rowe. Those players did not travel with the team to Detroit and were ruled out Saturday night.

Rowe is a bit of a surprise, although he was listed as questionable. This means rookie Keion Crossen or rookie J.C. Jackson will be in the lineup at corner. It also means second-year defensive end Derek Rivers will likely make his NFL debut at defensive end. Chung and Flowers didn't practice all week with concussions.

Newly acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon made the trip and remains questionable.

Kick off is set for 8:20 p.m. Sunday night.

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