The New England Patriots have ruled out tight end Rob Gronkowski for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears because of ankle and back injuries.
The five-time Pro Bowler had been on the injury report the past few weeks because of an ankle issue. The Patriots said Friday he also has a back problem.
Gronkowski had not missed a game this season. He leads the Patriots with 405 yards receiving and is second with 26 receptions.
New England is also missing right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) and third-string tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring).
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Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack is active for Chicago after being listed as questionable because of a right ankle injury. He was hurt early in last week’s loss at Miami.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon did not play against the Tennessee Titans after aggravating a hamstring injury during the trip to London.
Gordon, who has rushed for 466 yards and scored a total of nine touchdowns this season, did not practice on Friday, when coach Anthony Lynn said he was “being extra cautious with him” after the flight.
Still, the Chargers added Gordon to the injury report on Saturday, listing him as questionable, and decided to put him through a pregame workout to determine his availability.
The Chargers were also without K Caleb Sturgis, handing kicking duties to Michael Badgley for the second consecutive week.
Tennessee welcomed back ILB Wesley Woodyard, who missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, but were without SS Kenny Vaccaro (elbow), who is out for the third consecutive week.
Houston safety Andre Hal, in remission after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May, is active for the first time this season as the Texans face Jacksonville.
New Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde is inactive two days after being acquired in a trade with Cleveland. Jacksonville gave up a fifth-round pick in 2019 for Hyde, the Browns’ leading rusher this season. Hyde has 382 yards and five touchdowns.
Jacksonville plans to make Hyde the backup beginning next week against Philadelphia in London. Duke Johnson will be the starting running back for Hyde’s former team as Cleveland travels to Tampa Bay.
Houston also will be without right guard Zach Fulton, who missed practice all week with an ankle injury. Greg Mancz starts in his place.
Running back Dalvin Cook is missing his third straight game for the Vikings with a hamstring injury, leaving Latavius Murray as the starter.
The Jets are short-handed in their secondary against Minnesota’s receiving duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Buster Skrine is out for the second consecutive game with a concussion. Marcus Maye broke his right thumb last Sunday against Indianapolis.
Derek Anderson replaces Josh Allen at quarterback for Buffalo after the 35-year old veteran signed with the Bills last week. Anderson has previously started games for Cleveland, Arizona and Carolina.
Wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud did not make the trip for what the Bills described as a “non-injury reason,” leaving Buffalo with only four active receivers. Pro Bowl WR T.Y. Hilton returns for the Colts after missing the past two games with an injured hamstring.
Miami wide receiver DeVante Parker is a healthy scratch against Detroit amid trade rumors. He has played in only two games because of injuries but practiced this week.
With defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (calf) and defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle) inactive for Tampa Bay, Defensive end Carl Nassib, who was with the Browns for three seasons, and rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea get the start for the Buccaneers.
Here are the inactive players for Sunday’s early games:
Titans: OLB Derrick Morgan, ILB Will Compton, SS Kenny Vaccaro, LG Quinton Spain, RT Tyler Marz, DE Matt Dickerson, CB Kenneth Durden.
Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, DE Joey Bosa, K Caleb Sturgis, OLB Kyzir White, C Cole Toner, LT Trent Scott, RG Forrest Lamp.
Panthers: LB Andre Smith, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, CB Corn Elder, OG Brendan Mahon, G Amini Silatolu, DE Marquis Haynes, DE Bryan Cox Jr.
Eagles: LB D.J. Alexander, LB Nathan Gerry, S Corey Graham, DT Haloti Ngata, CB Sidney Jones, G Matt Pryor, RB Darren Sproles.
Lions: WR Brandon Powell, RB Theo Riddick, CB Lenzy Pipkins, DE Kerry Hyder Jr., G Joe Dahl, OL Andrew Donnal, DE Ezekiel Ansah.
Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker, QB Ryan Tannehill, S Maurice Smith, DE Jonathan Woodard, T Sam Young, TE A.J. Derby, DE Charles Harris.
Bills: WR Ray-Ray McCloud III, QB Josh Allen, RB Taiwan Jones, CB Ryan Lewis, OL Ike Boettger, OL Conor McDermott, OL Wyatt Teller.
Colts: DL Denico Autry, TE Jack Doyle, S Clayton Geathers, OL Denzelle Good, WR Ryan Grant, CB Arthur Maulet, RB Robert Turbin.
Texans: RG Zach Fulton, TE Ryan Griffin, WR Vyncint Smith, CB Aaron Colvin, CB Shareece Wright, LB Brian Peters, DE Joel Heath.
Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette, RB Carlos Hyde, CB D.J. Hayden, CB Tre Herndon, DT Eli Ankou, TE James O’Shaughnessy, DE Dawuane Smoot.
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Vikings: RB Dalvin Cook, LT Riley Reiff, S Andrew Sendejo, DT Linval Joseph, DE Everson Griffin, LB Devante Downs, QB Kyle Sloter.
Jets: CB Trumaine Johnson, CB Buster Skrine, S Marcus Maye, WR Quincy Enunwa, CB Derrick Jones, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DL Folorunso Fatukasi
Browns: QB Drew Stanton, LB Joe Schobert, WR Da’Mari Scott, CB E.J. Gaines, WR Rashard Higgins, DL Carl Davis.
Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, DT Gerald McCoy, DE Vinny Curry, RB Shaun Wilson, OL Alex Capps, OL Mike Liedtke, DE Demone Harris.
Patriots: TE Rob Gronkowski, TE Jacob Hollister, DE John Simon, DE Keionta Davis, RT Marcus Cannon, C Brian Schwenke, DE Geneo Grissom.
Bears: CB Marcus Cooper, FB Michael Burton, LB Kylie Fitts, RT Rashaad Coward, RG Bryan Witzmann, WR Javon Wims, DT Nick Williams.
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