By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
After listing 15 players as questionable after Friday's practice, the Patriots have ruled two players out for Sunday's game against Houston. Defensive tackle Adam Butler and running back J.J. Taylor will not play against the Texans, the team tweeted out on Saturday.
Butler was listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, an issue he's been dealing with since early October. It will be the first game Butler misses since entering the league as a UDFA in 2017. He started his career with 57 straight appearances.
With recent additions at defensive tackle - Carl Davis and Isaiah Mack - now up to speed, the Patriots have some depth on the interior defensive line to absorb Butler's loss.
Taylor hasn't played a snap for the Patriots since Week 3, having spent the remainder of the games either inactive or as a DNP. The rookie UDFA has been dealing with an illness for the past few weeks as well. With Sony Michel's return to the active roster, the Patriots won't lose any depth at the running back position without Taylor.
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