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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have ruled out RB Rex Burkhead with a knee injury. Burkhead was injured on a 2-yard run early in the third quarter. This means more work for Dion Lewis in the game, and in the big picture, potentially thrusts Mike Gillislee back on to the 46-man game-day roster.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Rex Burkhead remained down after a 2-yard gain early in the third quarter, with the medical staff coming on to the field to evaluate him. Burkhead walked off slowly under his own power and then headed to the blue medical tent along the sideline.

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The Jaguars are lurking as a potential first-round bye team in the AFC.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are struggling to get off the field on defense, which has limited Tom Brady and the offense to just 20 offensive snaps in the first half as they trail the Steelers 17-10 at halftime. The Steelers own the time-of-possession edge 19:53 to 10:07. CB Stephon Gilmore has struggled in his 1-on-1 matchup with Martavis Bryant, which has contributed to the Patriots' inability to get off the field.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Kenny Britt, who was signed on Wednesday, didn't take long to make an impact in his debut with the Patriots. On his first snap, he caught a 7-yard out along the right sideline on the team's third drive that helped set up a field goal. It was the lone snap Britt played over the team's first three drives.

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Patriots RB James White entered the blue pop-up tent along the sideline after the Patriots' second drive. He had gotten up slowly after a reception on the drive but had stayed in the game until the Patriots were forced to punt.

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After Monday's loss, Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said players lacked the needed energy and urgency. Players responded against the Steelers, with the defense getting a quick stop and Tom Brady and the offense quickly turning it into a touchdown for an early need. The Patriots look like a different team than Mon

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First look at Kenny Britt (85) in a Patriots uniform.

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Patriots fans at Heinz Field welcoming Rob Gronkowski back to action.

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FPI is envisioning an evenly-matched contest in Pittsburgh today.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots inactives: RB Mike Gillislee, OT Cole Croston, DE Geneo Grissom, WR Chris Hogan, LB Kyle Van Noy, DT Alan Branch, and STer Brandon King. This means that DE Eric Lee (ankle) passed his pre-game test, and that WR Kenny Britt will make his Patriots debut.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Eric Lee, who played every defensive snap on Monday as the Patriots were thin at the position, is going through a pre-game medical test on the field. He is officially questionable with an ankle injury and was limited in practice all week. The pre-game test adds context to how significant Lee's ankle injury has been this week.

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Tom Brady walks off Heinz Field after going through his pre-game routine of assessing field conditions and how the weather might be a factor.

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Tom Brady surveys the conditions at Heinz Field during his pre-game visit to the field.

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WR Kenny Britt arrives at Heinz Field. Barring an unexpected injury development pre-game, Britt is expected to make his Patriots debut.

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In a reflection of the big-time nature of today's Patriots-Steelers game, Steelers PR officials compare the media credentials issued to somewhere between divisional-round and AFC title game levels.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Chris Hogan is not expected to play against the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hogan returned from a shoulder injury last week and played 55 of 61 snaps, finishing with 1 catch for 1 yard on 5 targets. He had one notable hiccup as a blocker in the running game.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

While there are some moving parts injury-wise that could affect decision-making with the team's inactive list, WR Kenny Britt is part of the game-plan today. Depending on the injury situation, it would not be a surprise if Britt makes his Patriots debut today.