New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 14: Case Keenum #5 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Dont'a Hightower #54 and Matt Judon #9 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots should be near or at full strength at linebacker on Sunday against the Jaguars, after a number of key players missed practice this week.

Matthew JudonJa’Whaun Bentley, and Brandon King are all expected to be active for Sunday, according to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. The three players spent this week on the reserve/COVID list.

With Judon, Bentley, and King removed from the COVID list,  the Patriots have just three players remaining out due to COVID. They are quarterback Brian Hoyer, tackle Yodny Cajuste, and linebacker Josh Uche. The team has until 4 p.m. on Saturday to activate any players they want available for this week’s game.

Update: The Patriots also activated Hoyer and Uche off reserve/COVID before the 4 p.m. deadline, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

McBride also added linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to be “ready for duty” against the Jaguars. Hightower was on the injury report all week with a knee injury. He was limited Wednesday and Thursday, then missed practice on Friday.

As for Jacksonville, the Jaguars activated seven players off reserve/COVID on Friday. 19 players remain on their COVID list.

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