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A New England Patriots helmet during the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots included starting right guard Shaq Mason among four inactives on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mason was limited in practice and listed as questionable with a calf injury during the week.

Also among the inactives in Kansas City are tight end Dalton Keene, cornerback Myles Bryant, and wide receiver Jakobi Meyers. Gunner Olszewski has been activated from injured reserve and will replace Meyers on the wide receiver depth chart.

As for right guard, the Patriots have options. Jermaine Eluemunor, who has started three games at right tackle, has experience at guard, but starting him would require putting either Korey Cunningham or rookie Justin Herron on the right edge. Second-year pro Hjalte Froholdt is another candidate to play in Mason’s place.

Right guard Shaq Mason is the big surprise on the Patriots' list of inactives against the Chiefs. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Right guard Shaq Mason is the big surprise on the Patriots’ list of inactives against the Chiefs. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Thuney started at center last week against the Raiders, while rookie Michael Onwenu started at left guard. Another option could be to move Thuney back to left guard, start Onwenu at right guard, and play Froholdt or James Ferentz at center. The team will be without starting center David Andrews until after their Week 6 bye.

Keene is still waiting for his first game on an active roster in the NFL, after spending time on the injury report to start the season with a neck injury. Keene has not been on the injury report for two weeks.

The Chiefs also had a surprise inactive for Monday and potentially a big one, as starting defensive tackle Chris Jones will be out.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at