The New England Patriots released their inactive list for the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both D.J. Foster and rookie Cyrus Jones won’t dress for the Patriots at Heinz Field, the two Patriots special teamers most frequently tasked with kick returns this season.
Jones has returned 4 kickoffs for 80 yards. Foster has returned 1 for 30.
That means some of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Matthew Slater or Devin McCourty should handle the return duties.
Edelman has returned 5 punts this season, Amendola has handle 8 punt return opportunities, while McCourty and Slater have each returned one kickoff this season.
NESN’s Doug Kyed noted that both LeGarrette Blount and Patrick Chung also have professional experience returning kicks as well.