EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Rob Gronkowski is officially active for the Patriots.
It took seven weeks, but New England finally got its big tight end back. Gronkowski will see if all his time spent rehabbing will pay off against the AFC East rival Jets.
Special teams captain Matthew Slater is also back in action. This Sunday marks Slater's first game since breaking his left wrist in Week 2. He's still wearing some kind of wrap, but it doesn't appear as bulky as the hard cast he was previously sporting.
It's a good thing for New England Dan Connolly's concussion, suffered last weekend against the Saints, only kept him out of one practice at most.
The loss of cornerback Aqib Talib may hurt. Talib has been one of the league's best defensive playmakers this season, and has often matched up against the opposition's toughest targets. At least Alfonzo Dennard is available. His status was in question during warmups as he went through an intense workout with team trainers and cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer.
The full list of Patriots inactives:
WR - Danny Amendola (concussion/groin)
DL - Tommy Kelly (knee)
RB - Leon Washington (ankle)
CB - Aqib Talib (hip)
S - Tavon WIlson (hamstring)
OL - Chris Barker (healthy scratch)
WR - Josh Boyce (healthy scratch)
There aren't any surprises on New York's side. The team will be without receiver Santonio Holmes, but did get Jeremy Kerley, who loves to do damage against the Pats, back.
Inactive for the Jets:
QB - Brady Quinn (healthy scratch)
WR - Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring)
WR - Greg Salas (knee)
LB - Troy Davis (healthy scratch)
G - William Campbell (healthy scratch)
T - Ben Ijalana (healthy scratch)
T - Oday Aboushi (healthy scratch)