Mallett, Spikes, Vereen inactive for Monday night

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Mallett, Spikes, Vereen inactive for Monday night

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

The Patriots announced three more players were inactive for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett, rookie running back Shane Vereen and linebacker Brandon Spikes will not be suited up tonight for the Patriots.

On Sunday the Patriots announced that Jermaine Cunningham, Sebastian Vollmer, Taylor Price and Ryan Wendell were all inactive.

The biggest news stemming from the announcements is perhaps what was not announced. Albert Haynesworth's name was not mentioned in with the inactives, meaning he will make his Patriots debut tonight.

Spikes missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and Vereen missed time this summer with a hamstring injury so those two are no real surprise.

Mallett being designated as inactive is no shock, either. In the past, the Patriots would have been able to keep Mallett on the roster under the league's third quarterback rule. This year, a third quarterback counts against the game day roster.

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft is a bit taken aback when he walks into a room at Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots' five Lombardi trophies lined up.

"Wow. That's the first time I've seen five trophies there," he tells Andrea Kremer on HBO's "Real Sports" in a interview that will air as part of this week's episode Tuesday at 10 p.m.

"A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don't have things go their way," Kraft says, "And you never give up hope and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perserverance. You just keep getting up and getting up and then you get that breakthrough. I think that's what happened in overtime down in Houston. And that's lessons in life that are good for anyone." 

Here's an excerpt: