Hernandez inactive Sunday; Mankins, Gregory back in

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Hernandez inactive Sunday; Mankins, Gregory back in

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez will not be active for New England's afternoon tilt against the Bills. The tight end suffered an ankle sprain against the Cardinals in Week 2 and missed the next three games. He returned to play against Seattle and the Jets. But the Patriots re-shelved Hernandez in Week 8, as he didn't even travel to London to face the Rams abroad.

Apparently, even after added rest during the bye, he's still not ready to come down again.

New England will, however, have tight end Visanthe Shiancoe active against Buffalo. It's the first game of 2012 for Shiancoe, who spent the early part of the season on short-term IR.

Guard Logan Mankins will play today after missing the Patriots' last two games.

Safety Steve Gregory is also in. It's his first activation since injuring his hip against the Bills in Week 4. His partner in the backend of the secondary, Pat Chung, is sidelined for the third straight week with a nagging shoulder issue.

The full list of Patriots inactives:

TE Aaron Hernandez
S Pat Chung
DL Ron Brace
DB Malcolm Williams
DE Jake Bequette
DE Trevor Scott
LB Tracy White

Inactive for the Bills:

DE Mark Anderson
QB Tarvaris Jackson
DE Chris Kelsay
LB Kirk Morrison
DB Mana Silva
OT Thomas Welch
CB Aaron Williams

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

The Patriots had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett on the field for Tuesday's practice.

While many are hopeful that Garoppolo will be ready to go on Sunday, it’s definitely not a given at this point.

According to CSN’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is “still in pain and does not yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder”

Tom E. Curran had better news about Jacoby Brissett’s thumb. The rookie quarterback was in the Patriots locker room locker room Tuesday morning without splint, tape or cast on his thumb. 

When he asked Brissett if he's feeling "tip-top," he answered, "Oh yeah."