Aaron Hernandez, Percy Harvin headline early game NFL inactive lists

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

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

Oakland: QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Mike Goodson, RB Darren McFadden, OT Khalif Barnes, G Lucas Nix, DT Richard Seymour, DE Jack Crawford

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

Carolina: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Joe Adams, OT Bruce Campbell, DE Antwan Applewhite, DE Frank Keiser, LB Jason Williams, S D.J. Campbell

New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals:

NY Giants: WR Jerrel Jernigan, TE Adrien Robinson, DT Marvin Austin, DE Adewale Ojomo, LB Keith Rivers, LB Jacquian Williams, S Kenny Phillips

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

Buffalo: QB Tarvaris Jackson, OT Thomas Welch, DE Mark Anderson, DE Chris Kelsay, LB Kirk Morrison, CB Aaron Williams, S Mana Silva

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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