Chung, Mankins inactive; Hightower returns

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Chung, Mankins inactive; Hightower returns

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins is among New England's seven inactives for Sunday's game against the Jets.
The guard has missed one other game this season, a 52-28 Patriots win in Buffalo, because of nagging calf and hip problems.
Safety Pat Chung is also unavailable after injuring his shoulder last weekend against Seattle. With veteran Steve Gregory still out with a hip problem, the Patriots will have two rookies -- Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner -- starting at safety unless cornerback Devin McCourty is moved to the back end of the secondary.
Full inactive list for the Patriots:
G Logan Mankins (calfhip)S Pat Chung (shoulder)LB Tracy White (foot)RB Brandon Bolden (knee)S Steve Gregory (hip)DL Ron Brace (back)DL Jake Bequette
White and Bolden were deemed "Out" Friday after missing the full week of practice. Gregory, who was injured Week 4 against the Bills, returned to the field Wednesday for the team's walk-through but was also ruled out by the end of the week.
Receiver Julian Edelman is active for the first time since injuring his hand against the Ravens.
Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, a rookie starter, is back after missing New England's last two games with a bad hamstring.
Inactive for New York:
QB Greg McElroyWR Clyde GatesRB Bilal PowellS Eric SmithG Caleb SchaulderaffNT Sione Po'uhaNT Kenrick Ellis

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

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Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.