Dugger, but Collins returns | FR24 News France – .

Dugger, but Collins returns | FR24 News France – .

We saw him coming all week, but now it’s official: departure security Kyle Dugger will miss his first game of the 2021 season, as he remains on New England’s COVID reserve list. Dugger was placed there on Wednesday so hasn’t been able to train all week, so it’s no surprise that he’s not in uniform tonight. Dugger’s absence will be missed in the Patriots secondary, however, as he became a valuable part of that defense in his second season.

In what appears to be a corresponding move, the club promoted a training squad security today, veteran Sean Davis, who will be one of the 48 active Patriots for tonight’s game.

Good news for Patriots on injury as linebacker Jamie Collins comes back from the injured reserve. He has been sidelined for the past three weeks with an ankle problem, but he will be available for the squad tonight.

Five of the half-dozen New England players deactivated for this game against Buffalo are regular inclusions on this list and so no surprise: QB Jarrett Stidham, offensive lineman Yasir Durant, tight end Devin Asiasi, rookie cornerback Shaun Wade, and rookie board rusher Ronnie Perkins. linebacker Jahlani Tavai makes six for the Patriots tonight, and his addition to the inactive roster is likely a direct result of Collins’ return. Tavai had been a regular backup contributor for most of this season.

Buffalo, meanwhile, will not have his best cornerback, Tre’Davious White, who was recently placed on the Bills reserve list for a knee injury. In its place, save Dane Jackson should start. It will be interesting to see how much the Patriots throw in his direction tonight.

Buffalo’s two regular kick and punt returners won’t play tonight – Isaïe McKenzie and Marquez Stevenson are both healthy scratches. Who will kick back for the Bills tonight is up in the air (no pun intended), but this person or these people could face a challenge with the difficult weather expected in western New York. Otherwise, the Bills have no meaningful names among their inactive players this game.


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