September, 29, 2014

Before the New England Patriots play a game, we’ll attempt to predict the team’s inactive players.

Our best guess for Monday’s game against the Chiefs:

CB Alfonzo Dennard — Opening-day starter didn’t make the trip and officially downgraded to out on Sunday night. He’ll miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury.

S Don Jones — Special-teams performer has been limited with a hamstring injury and perhaps there is a thought of giving him an extra week to heal if it’s close to a game-time decision.

G Josh Kline — Second-year player who was projected as a top replacement for the departed Logan Mankins has been active for only one game this season. The Patriots usually go into a game with seven offensive linemen, but there are times they go with eight (e.g. Week 2 vs. Minnesota) and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they do so again versus Kansas City.

WR Brandon LaFell — The Patriots seem to be rotating their outside receivers on a week to week basis. Last week, Aaron Dobson sat. Maybe this time it’s LaFell, even though he plays on the kickoff coverage unit. Dobson (healthy scratch Week 1 and 3) and Kenbrell Thompkins (healthy scratch in Week 2) are the other receivers who could draw consideration here.

DE Zach Moore — Sixth-round draft choice from Concordia was active for the season-opener but has been inactive since.

DL Casey Walker — Signed off the Panthers’ practice squad on Saturday, it might be asking a lot to put him into his first career NFL regular-season game two days later.

RB James White — Fourth-round draft choice has yet to be active for a regular-season game as the Patriots are overstocked when it comes to running backs, fullbacks, tight ends …read more