Patriots vs. Texans Week 11 Inactives: Gilmore returns, Harris to play originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The New England Patriots will have one of their most important offensive players available for Sunday afternoon's Week 11 game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.
Second-year running back Damien Harris was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report due to ankle and chest issues. He is active for Sunday's matchup, and that's great news for the Patriots.
Harris ran for a career-high 121 yards in a win over the Baltimore Ravens last week, and he's averaging 5.5 yards per carry in six games played this season.
The Alabama product should get the majority of the carries Sunday because running backs Sony Michel and rookie J.J. Taylor are both inactive.
Second-year wide receiver N'Keal Harry also was one of the 15 Patriots players questionable for Week 11, and he will be available as well. Recently acquired wideout Isaiah Ford is inactive.
The Patriots are set to receive a huge boost on defense with the return of cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winner missed the previous three games because of a knee injury. Linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley also returns for the Patriots.
Three players -- wide receiver Donte Moncrief, tight end Jordan Thomas and defensive tackle Isaiah Mack -- are all active and will make their Patriots debuts Sunday.
Here are the full inactive lists for the Patriots and Texans.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-5)
QB Brian HoyerRB Sony MichelRB J.J. TaylorWR Isaiah FordDT Adam ButlerDB Myles Bryant
HOUSTON TEXANS (2-7)
QB Josh McCownFB Cullen GillaspiaWR Isaiah CoulterG Senio KelemeteLT Laremy TunsilDE Nate Orchard