DeSean Jackson back for Washington after missing 6 games

Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson is active for Washington's game at New England for the first time since Week 1.

Jackson missed six games because of a hamstring injury. The Redskins (3-4) need Jackson to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots (7-0).

In Minnesota, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn is inactive because of a knee injury, leaving St. Louis without two starters on its line.

The Rams (4-3) are also missing defensive end Chris Long. He's out for the third straight game with a knee injury. Safety T.J. McDonald, another key starter on one of the league's toughest defenses, is out with a foot injury.

The Vikings (5-2) are missing a pair of starters on defense. Linebacker Eric Kendricks is sitting out his first game because of a ribs injury and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is out for the third straight game with ankle and knee injuries.

The Rams (4-3) are one game behind the Vikings (5-2) for the second wild-card spot in the NFC as the teams complete the first half of their schedule.

Other players returning from injuries include Jets center Nick Mangold and Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Mangold is active after missing one game with a neck injury. But Jets right guard Willie Colon (knee) is inactive because of a knee injury. Brian Winters replaces him in the starting lineup for New York (4-3) against Oakland (4-3).

Watkins is active for Buffalo (3-4) against Miami (3-4) after missing three of the past four games.


Here are the inactives:


Jaguars: WR Marqise Lee, RB Tony Gerhart, S James Sample, RB Joe Banyard, LB Hayes Pullard III, C Luke Bowanko, DE Chris Smith.

Jets: RG Willie Colon, S Calvin Pryor, RB Bilal Powell, QB Bryce Petty, OL Dakota Dozier, OT Ben Ijalana, DT T.J. Barnes.



Titans: QB Charlie Whitehurst, WR Kendall Wright, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB Jason McCourty, G Quinton Spain, DE Ropati Pitoitua, DT Mike Martin.

Saints: LB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Damian Swann, LB Ramon Humber, LB Hau'oli Kikaha, QB Luke McCown, DT Kaleb Eulls, T Tony Hills.



Rams: QB Sean Mannion, SS T.J. McDonald, RB Chase Reynolds, OT Rob Havenstein, DE Chris Long, DT Doug Worthington, DE Robert Quinn.

Vikings: QB Taylor Heinicke, LB Eric Kendricks, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd, OT Jeremiah Sirles, TE Chase Ford, DE Justin Trattou.



Bills: QB Josh Johnson, RB Dan Herron, CB Mario Butler, LB Randell Johnson, C Gabe Ikard, T Cyrus Kouandjio, DT Kyle Williams.

Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker, S Jordan Kovacs, CB Tony Lippett, OT Ulrick John, OT Ja'Wuan James, WR Matt Hazel, DT A.J. Francis.



Raiders: CB Dexter McDonald, RB Roy Helu, S TJ Carrie, LB Neiron Ball, OL Jono Feliciano, OL Matt McCants, WR Rod Streater.

Steelers: QB Michael Vick, CB Doran Grant, RB Isiah Pead, LB Terence Garvin, OL Byron Stingily, TE Matt Spaeth, DE LT Walton.



PACKERS: QB Brett Hundley, CB Quinten Rollins, CB Sam Shields, LB Andy Mulumba, G Lane Taylor, TE Kennard Backman, WR Ty Montgomery.

PANTHERS: RB Cameron Artis-Payne, G Andrew Norwell, WR Kevin Norwood, TE Scott Simonson, DT Dwan Edwards, RB Brandon Wegher, S Dean Marlowe.



Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III, WR Rashad Ross, CB DeAngelo Hall, DE Frank Kearse, C Kory Lichtensteiger, TE Anthony McCoy, NT Terrance Knighton.

PATRIOTS: RB James White, OL Marcus Cannon, G Tre' Jackson, WR Keshawn Martin, LB Jamie Collins, DL Jabaal Sheard, DL Trey Flowers.


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