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Chiefs-Patriots Inactives: Joshua Williams and Matt Dickerson will not play

Kansas City and New England have released their inactive player lists for Sunday’s game.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of inactive players for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. As expected, left tackle Donovan Smith (neck), running back Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) and wide receiver Justyn Ross will not play against the Patriots.

Cornerback Joshua Williams and defensive tackle Matt Dickerson will also be inactive for the game — each of them (apparently) a healthy scratch for the first time this season. But linebackers Nick Bolton and Drue Tranquill will both be available to play.

Both Smith and Pacheco had been declared out in Friday’s final injury report for the game. Just as they did in Week 14’s 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, rookie tackle Wanya Morris and veteran running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire are expected to start in their places.

Bolton returned for the game against the Bills, but Tranquill was not yet out of the league’s required protocol after suffering a concussion during the Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. This will be the first time both of them have been on the field since Week 7.

Ross has been practicing with the team on a roster exemption that the league granted following the end of his suspension; for him to play in Sunday’s game, the team would have needed to activate him to the roster. On Friday, head coach Andy Reid said the team would decide about Ross “next week.” On Saturday, the team emphasized this point by declaring the wide receiver out for Sunday’s game.

Also on Saturday, the Chiefs waived linebacker Darius Harris, filling his roster spot by activating safety Deon Bush from the team’s practice squad.

Finally, Kansas City elevated practice squad defensive tackle Mike Pennel and running back Deneric Prince to the active roster. As elevated players, they will automatically be returned to the team’s practice squad after the game. Both are active for the contest.

This marks the third time that Prince has been elevated to the active roster. That is the maximum number of times a practice squad player may be elevated during the regular season. There is no limit on how many times a player can be elevated in the postseason.

The Patriots have also released their list of inactives. As expected, running back Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) will miss the game. But so will JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) and tackle Trent Brown (ankle/hand/illness)

Stevenson was declared out on Friday. Smith-Schuster and Brown — along with defensive lineman Christian Barmore (shoulder), linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee) and wide receivers DeVante Parker (knee), Tyquan Thornton (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (groin) — had been listed as questionable for the game.

Offensive lineman Tyrone Wheatley (knee) was listed as doubtful for this game. He will not be available for the game, but is not listed among the inactive players because he is on New England’s Reserve/Injured (injured reserve) list.

The Patriots have also elevated running back Kevin Harris from their practice squad for the matchup. He will dress for Sunday’s game.

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