Patriots - Jets: Inactive list

The Patriots and Jets released their list of inactive players for tonight's game. Who is out and what does it mean for the teams tonight?

Patriots inactives:
RB Thomas Clayton
OL Mark LeVoir
DL Eric Moore
OL Rich Ohrnberger
WR Taylor Price
DL Myron Pryor
DB Jonathan Wilhite
DL Mike Wright

Jets inactives:
K. Clemens (3/QB)
TE J. Cumberland
WR L. Coles
DT M. Dixon
OL V. Ducasse
DL M. Kroul
TE M. Mulligan
OLB J. Westerman

No big surprises for either team on the inactive list. The Patriots added Clayton and Moore to the roster this week in moves made mostly for depth.

The biggest injury impact of the game is the loss of OG Stephen Neal for the Patriots and S Jim Leonard for the Jets. Both players were placed on injured reserve by their teams. Their backups will be significant tonight. For New England it's Dan Connolly, a veteran with starting experience at both positions for New England. Though he's not as athletic as Neal, he has performed well at both positions.

The Patriots defensive line takes another hit with the absence of Mike Wright and Myron Pryor tonight. Filling in for Wright – who leads the team in sacks (5.5) – will be a combination of rookies Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love along with second year 2nd round pick Ron Brace who has been coming along of late.

Notably active tonight is running back Fred Taylor who hasn't played since Week 3 of the season. The Patriots tendency to rely on BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead could see a change of strategy tonight as Taylor is added to the mix.

The loss of Leonard will highlight what Eric Smith can do for the Jets. Perhaps it opens up opportunities for the Patriots at the tight end position. The loss certainly impacts the Jets return game, removing a veteran returner on a windy night on the road will be a challenge for New York. For more on the loss of Leonard read our sister site's column "Replacing Leonhard Isn't A Kick"


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