Two of the most versatile offensive weapons in the National Football League will be inactive on Sunday. A bye week was not enough time for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's ankle to get back to 100 percent and he will not dress for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.
Hernandez initially injured his ankle in Week 2 and missed three weeks before returning in a limited role in a Week 6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and a Week 7 win over the New York Jets. Hernandez caught 11 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in those two games, but the ankle kept the 2011 Pro Bowler stateside as the Patriots scored a 45-7 win over the St. Louis Rams in London, England on Oct. 28.
As for Harvin, who ranks second in the NFL in combined yards with 1,347, he had been playing through a right hamstring injury before suffering a left ankle injury in last Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Seahawks. Harvin was held out of this week's practices before being listed as "doubtful" on the Vikings' final injury report of the week.
Here are the rest of the inactive list for the early game slate of NFL games:
Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore: RB Bobby Rainey, WR Deonte Thompson, TE Billy Bajema, OL Ramon Harewood, DE Pernell McPhee, CB Asa Jackson, S Christian Thompson
Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers
Denver: QB Caleb Hanie, RB Knowshon Moreno, TE Julius Thomas, G Chris Kuper, DT Sealver Siliga, CB Tracy Porter, S Duke Ihenacho
New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals:
Cincinnati: WR Marvin Jones, WR Armon Binns, TE Richard Quinn, DT Brandon Thompson, DL Devon Still, CB Jason Allen, S Reggie Nelson
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins:
Tennessee: QB Rusty Smith, WR Lavelle Hawkins, OT Byron Stingily, G Kyle DeVan, DT DaJohn Harris, LB Xavier Adibi, S Al Afalava
Miami: QB Pat Devlin, WR Rishard Matthews, TE Michael Egnew, TE Jeron Mastrud, OT Will Yeatman, S Anderson Russell
*-Dolphins only have 52 players on their roster, therefore are only required to have six inactive players.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Detroit: QB Kellen Moore, WR Brian Robiskie, OT Jason Fox, OT Corey Hilliard, DT Corey Williams, S Louis Delmas, S Amari Spievey
Minnesota: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Percy Harvin, TE Allen Reisner, T Mark Asper, DT Letroy Guion, LB Marvin Mitchell, CB Brandon Burton
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
New England: TE Aaron Hernandez, DT Ron Brace, DE Trevor Scott, DE Jake Bequette, LB Tracy White, CB Malcolm Williams, S Patrick Chung
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Atlanta: QB Dominique Davis, WR Kevin Cone, OT Lamar Holmes, G Phillipkeith Manley, DT Travian Robertson, LB Sean Weatherspoon, S Charles Mitchell
New Orleans: RB Darren Sproles, WR Courtney Roby, OT Zach Strief, DT Tyrunn Walker, DE Junior Galette, LB Scott Shanle, CB Elbert Mack
San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Diego: WR Seyi Ajirotutu, TE Ladarius Green, OT Jared Gaither, LB Antwan Barnes, LB Jonas Mouton, CB Chris Carr, S Brandon Taylor
Tampa Bay: RB Michael Smith, WR Arrelious Benn, G Roger Allen, LB Jacob Cuterra, LB Najee Goode, CB Danny Gorrer, S Cody Grimm
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