Khalil Mack is back for Bears; Patriots missing Gronkowski

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Linebacker Khalil Mack is back for Chicago in the Bears’ game against Detroit on Sunday, while New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will sit out for the third time in four games with ankle and back injuries.

Mack, along with receiver Allen Robinson, are both active after each missed the past two games. Mack nursed a sore right ankle, while Robinson was shelved by a groin injury.

The Patriots will also be missing right guard Shaq Mason for their game at Tennessee, though rookie running back running back Sony Michel is available after missing the past two games with an injured knee.

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The Titans will be without starting right tackle Jack Conklin (concussion) and outside linebacker Derrick Morgan. Wide receiver Taywan Taylor also is out after hurting his left foot Monday night in Dallas.

In Kansas City, the Chiefs are without wide receiver Sammy Watkins for their game against Arizona because of a foot injury.

Kansas City is getting some help on defense, though. Pass rusher Justin Houston is active for the first time since Oct. 7 after a hamstring injury, and safety Daniel Sorensen is making his season debut after breaking his leg in training camp.

The Cardinals are without starting wide receiver Chad Williams (ankle) and left guard Mike Iupati (back).

In Cleveland, Atlanta defensive end Bruce Irvin will make his Falcons debut for their game against the Browns. Irvin was signed earlier this week after being cut by Oakland.

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant remains sidelined with an injured right hamstring. His backup, Giorgio Tavecchio, has hit all four field-goal attempts, including two from 50 in his place.

Browns left tackle Greg Robinson, a 2014 No. 2 overall draft pick, will make his second start in place of rookie Harrison.

Indianapolis has its starting safety tandem, Malik Hooker (hip) and Clayton Geathers (knee), back at full strength for its game against Jacksonville. The Colts, however, will play without safety Mike Mitchell, who hurt his calf against Oakland last week. Starting cornerback Nate Hairston is also out with an injured ankle.

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Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye will miss his second straight game with an injured knee and will be replaced by Tyler Patmon.

Jets center Spencer Long is inactive against Buffalo due to knee and finger issues. Long’s finger injury contributed to him having at least six wayward shotgun snaps last week at Miami. Jonotthan Harrison will start in his place.

Jets top cornerback Trumaine Johnson is active after missing five games with a quadriceps injury.

With Sam Darnold out, 39-year-old Josh McCown is starting at quarterback for the Jets. Davis Webb was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday and will serve as McCown’s backup.

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For the Bills, Matt Barkley is starting with both Josh Allen and Derek Anderson dealing with injuries and Nathan Peterman ineffective. Rookie offensive lineman Wyatt Teller, who made his debut last week, will be start at left guard in place of Vladimir Ducasse.

NEW ENGLAND-TENNESSEE

Patriots: TE Rob Gronkowski, RG Shaq Mason, DE Derek Rivers, RB Kenjon Barner, DB Obi Melifonwu, CB Keion Crossen, T Matt Tobin.

Titans: WR Taywan Taylor, DB Dane Cruikshank, FB Jalston Fowler, OG Aaron Stinnie, RT Jack Conklin, OLB Derrick Morgan, DE Matt Dickerson.

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ARIZONA-KANSAS CITY

Cardinals: WR Chad Williams (ankle), WR Kendall Wright, SS Eddie Pleasant, OL Zack Golditch, OL Mike Iupati (back), OL Colby Gossett, DL Robert Nkemdiche (calf)

Chiefs: SS Eric Berry (heel), OL Kahlil McKenzie, DL Justin Hamilton, WR Sammy Watkins (foot), DB Josh Shaw, LB Frank Zombo (hamstring), OL Mitch Morse (concussion)

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ATLANTA-CLEVELAND

Falcons: K Matt Bryant, FB Ricky Ortiz, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, S Keith Tandy, DE Steven Means, G Rees Odhiambo, T Matt Gono.

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Browns: QB Drew Stanton, WR Da’Mari Scott, DB Juston Burris, OL Desmond Harrison, TE Pharaoh Brown, DL Chad Thomas, DL Carl Davis.

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NEW ORLEANS-CINCINNATI

Saints: C Will Clapp, DE Marcus Davenport, DL Mitchell Loewen, S J.T. Gray, OL Chaz Green, OL Michael Ola, LB Manti Te’o.

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, CB Darqueze Dennard, LB Nick Vigil, LB Vontaze Burfict, OL Alex Redmond, TE Tyler Kroft, WR Josh Malone.

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WASHINGTON-TAMPA BAY

Redskins: RB Chris Thompson, T Trent Williams, CB Quinton Dunbar, LB Zach Vigil, WR Jamison Crowder, LB Pernell McPhee, DL Caleb Brantley.

Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, DE Vinny Curry, RB Ronald Jones II, OL Evan Smith, CB M.J. Stewart, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, OL Alex Cappa.

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JACKSONVILLE-INDIANAPOLIS

Jaguars: CB A.J. Bouye, RB Dave Williams, CB Dee Delaney, CB Quenton Meeks, DT Eli Ankou, DE Lerentee McCray, OL Chris Reed.

Colts: OL Denzelle Good, CB Nate Hairston, TE Ryan Hewitt, S Mike Mitchell, DT Hassan Ridgeway, TE Erik Swoope, DL Kemoko Turay

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DETROIT-CHICAGO

Bears: WR Kevin White, DB Marcus Cooper Sr., LB Kylie Fitts, OL Rashaad Coward, WR Javon Wims, TE Dion Sims, DL Nick Williams

Lions: OG T.J. Lang, CB Darius Slay, TE Luke Willson, WR Bruce Ellington, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB Eli Harold, OL Andrew Donnal

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BUFFALO-NEW YORK JETS

Bills: QB Josh Allen, QB Derek Anderson, RB Chris Ivory, TE Charles Clay, DE Trent Murphy, G Ike Boettger, OT Conor McDermott.

Jets: QB Sam Darnold, WR Robby Anderson, C Spencer Long, WR Deontay Burnett, CB Rashard Robinson, CB Derrick Jones, DL Folorunso Fatukasi.

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