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Brady, Gronk active for Patriots' game against Jets

Sun Nov 25 12:06pm ET
By The Associated Press

Players: Tom Brady, Derek Anderson, Darren Sproles, Drew Stanton, Joe Flacco, Rob Gronkowski, Alfred Morris, Torrey Smith, Doug Baldwin, Pierre Garcon, Charles Clay, Travaris Cadet, A.J. Green, Kenjon Barner, Dwayne Allen, Ryan Griffin, Marquise Goodwin, Rishard Matthews, Martavis Bryant, Robby Anderson, Nate Sudfeld, Devin Funchess, C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, Kyle Lauletta, Josh Malone, Sony Michel, Jordan Lasley, Ray-Ray McCloud, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones II, Deontay Burnett

In this Nov. 11, 2018 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. Coming off a 34-10 loss to Tennessee two weeks ago, Brady and the Patriots are looking to avoid their second two-game losing streak of the season when they take on the New York Jets on Sunday, Nov. 25. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)


Tom Brady is starting at quarterback for the New England Patriots on Sunday after he had been listed as questionable for their game against the Jets with an illness and a sore knee.

Brady enters the game needing 147 yards to pass Peyton Manning's career mark of 79,279 in both regular-season and playoff games. He will also set the NFL record for overall touchdown throws with four, which would give him one more than Manning (579).

Brady also have his favorite target back as tight end Rob Gronkowski will be active after he missed the last two games with ankle and back injuries. Running back Sony Michel is also available after he was limited in practice with a knee injury.

The Jets get wide receiver Robby Anderson back after he missed New York's last game two weeks ago with an ankle injury. Left guard James Carpenter is out with a shoulder injury, missing a game for the first time since 2014 when he was with Seattle.

New York starting safety Marcus Maye is also sidelined with shoulder and thumb injuries.

Meanwhile, two of the league's top wide receivers are inactive with Bengals star A.J. Green out for the third straight game with a toe injury and the Panthers' Devin Funchess out with a back injury.

The Panthers did catch a break with veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith returning from a four-week absence due to a knee injury, while the Seahawks will have their top wide receiver active after Doug Baldwin had been called a game-time decision by coach Pete Carroll because of a groin injury.

Cincinnati is also missing let tackle Cordy Glenn for its game against the Browns.

Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is inactive due to a back injury, and will miss his first trip back to Buffalo since the Bills traded him to Jacksonville last season.

Dareus was on the field wearing a suit about 2 1/2 hours before kickoff. He eventually made his way to the Bills bench, where Dareus greeted former teammate Kyle Williams with a bear-hug and lifted Williams off the ground. Abry Jones will start in Dareus' place.

Jacksonville's Ereck Flowers will start at left tackle in place of Josh Walker, who will miss his second game with injuries to his foot and ankle.

Bills tight end Charles Clay will miss his second game due to a hamstring injury, while rookie Wyatt Teller will start his second consecutive game at left guard in place of Vladimir Ducasse.

Lamar Jackson is starting again for Baltimore in place of injured quarterback Joe Flacco, while running back Alex Collins is inactive for the Ravens' game against Oakland with a foot injury.

Here are the inactives for Sunday's games:

NEW ENGLAND-NEW YORK JETS

Patriots: TE Dwayne Allen, S Nate Ebner, DL Keionta Davis, OL Matt Tobin, DB Duke Dawson, DE Derek Rivers, OL James Ferentz

Jets: QB Sam Darnold, LG James Carpenter, WR Deontay Burnett, S Marcus Maye, WR Rishard Matthews, CB Derrick Jones, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu

NEW YORK GIANTS-PHILADELPHIA

Giants: DE Kerry Wynn, QB Kyle Lauletta, DB Tony Lippett, S Kamrin Moore, C Evan Brown, WR Jawill Davis, DT John Jenkins

Eagles: LB Jordan Hicks, CB Sidney Jones, CB Avonte Maddox, CB Jalen Mills, G Matt Pryor, RB Darren Sproles, QB Nate Sudfeld

OAKLAND-BALTIMORE

Raiders: DE Fadol Brown, WR Martavis Bryant, CB Leon Hall, G/T Denver Kirkland, LB Emmanuel Lamur, T Justin Murray, OL Ian Silberman

Ravens: QB Joe Flacco, RB Alex Collins, WR Jordan Lasley, LB Tim Williams, CB Tavon Young, G/T James Hurst, DT Zach Seiler

CLEVELAND-CINCINNATI

Browns: QB Drew Stanton, WR Da'Mari Scottj, DB Juston Burris, OL Desmond Harrison, TE Pharaoh Brown, DL Chad Thomas, DL Carl Davis

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, LT Cordy Glenn, WR Josh Malone, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, LB Nick Vigil, DL Christian Ringo, DL Kasim Edebali

SEATTLE-CAROLINA

Seahawks: RB C.J. Prosise, C Joey Hunt, G Jordan Simmons, DE Branden Jackson, DT Poona Ford, LB K.J. Wright, CB Kalan Reed

Panthers: WR Devin Funchess, RB Kenjon Barner, G Amini Silatolu, G Brendan Mahon, DE Efe Obada, RB Travaris Cadet, LB Andre Smith

JACKSONVILLE-BUFFALO

Jaguars: DT Marcell Dareus, WR DJ Clark Jr., CB Quenton Meeks, DE Lerentee McCray, OL Josh Walker, OL Corey Robinson, OL RB Dave Williams

Bills: QB Derek Anderson, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, CB Ryan Lewis, TE Charles Clay, OL Vladimir Ducasse, OL Ike Boettger, OL Conor McDermott

SAN FRANCISCO-TAMPA BAY

49ers: LB Reuben Foster, WR Pierre Garcon, G Joshua Garnett, WR Marquise Goodwin, RB Alfred Morris, T Shon Coleman, D.J. Jones

Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, LB Lavonte David, S Justin Evans, CB M.J. Stewart, RB Ronald Jones II, S Godwin Igwebuike, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Player Notes
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