WR Kenbrell Thompkins inactive for Patriots

Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is inactive for the New England

Patriots for the first time this season.

The rookie has two receptions in the last two games after

catching the winning touchdown pass with 5 seconds left in a 30-27

win over the New Orleans Saints. He was not on the injury report

for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Starting cornerback Aqib Talib also is inactive for the Patriots

for the third straight game with a hip injury.

For the Steelers, starting right guard David DeCastro is

inactive with a right ankle injury. Also inactive for Pittsburgh

are quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Markus Wheaton,

cornerback Curtis Brown, tight end Richard Gordon, linebacker Kion

Wilson and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo.

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