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CB Talib (hip) active for Patriots

The Patriots will have top cornerback Aqib Talib in Week 16, as he was not amongst the team's seven inactive players, though he continues to deal with a hip injury suffered in Week 14. Prior to the game, Talib spent time working out with members of the team's staff in an apparent effort to test the hip.

The team announced that, in addition to tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebacker Brandon Spikes and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, defensive end Jake Bequette, fullback James Develin, and defensive lineman Ron Brace are inactive and will not play. The trio of Gronkowski, Spikes and Dennard were ruled out on Saturday.

Look for Mike Rivera and Kyle Arrington to start in the place of Spikes and Dennard, respectively. Aaron Hernandez should continue to work as the team's top tight end, with Michael Hoomanawanui expected to see duty as the second tight end.

For the Jaguars, running back Maurice Jones-Drew headlines the inactive players, as he will miss his ninth straight game due to a foot injury. His top backup, Rashad Jennings, will also be out (concussion).

Patriots Inactives

DE Jake Bequette

DL Ron Brace

CB Alfonzo Dennard

FB James Develin

TE Rob Gronkowski

LB Brandon Spikes

OL Markus Zusevics

Jaguars Inactives

RB Rashad Jennings

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

CB Antwaun Molden

RB Jonathan Grimes

LB Brandon Marshall

OL Ebon Britton

DE Austen Lane