The New England Patriots will have a supercharged linebacking corps against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Jamie Collins and Shea McClellin will both be active for the Patriots as the defense looks to stack the box against pro bowl running back Le’Veon Bell.
Patriots inactives: Cyrus Jones, Jordan Richards, LaAdrian Waddle, D.J. Foster, AJ Derby, Woodrow Hamilton, Vincent Valnetine
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 23, 2016
Running back Brandon Bolden is also active for the Patriots. Bolden injured his knee in the Patriots’ Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills and missed the team’s next two games.
Cornerback Cyrus Jones, who’s struggled adjusting to the NFL this season, is inactive for the second-straight week for the Patriots.
Belichick had never made his top draft pick a healthy scratch during the player's rookie year until Cyrus Jones the last 2 weeks.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 23, 2016
Head coach Bill Belichick clearly was impressed with former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Eric Rowe’s performance against A.J. Green in New England’s Week 6 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.