Playoff-bound Patriots without TE Rob Gronkowski, LB Brandon Spikes at Jaguars

The New England Patriots are without tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Brandon Spikes at Jacksonville.

It is the fifth consecutive game Gronkowski has missed while recovering from a broken forearm. Spikes sat out because of knee and ankle injuries. Both players had been listed as questionable.

Defensive back Antonio Dennard, running back James Develin, offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, defensive end Jake Bequette and defensive lineman Ron Brace also are inactive for the Patriots (10-4).

The Jaguars (2-12) are without cornerback Antwaun Molden, linebacker Brandon Marshall, guard Eben Britton, defensive end Austen Lane and running backs Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Jonathan Grimes. Jones-Drew and Jennings were ruled out Friday.


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