MINNEAPOLIS — The following are the inactive players for today’s Super Bowl LII meeting at U.S. Bank Stadium between the New England and the Philadelphia Eagles.
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The Tom Brady led Patriots are hunting back-to-back Super Bowl titles, while the Eagles are seeking the franchise’s first Super Bowl crown.
As expected, New England star tight end Rob Gronkowski has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and will be among the active players for today’s game.
Gronkowski missed the second half of the AFC title game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a concussion and had been questionable to feature in this game.
“Rob’s a tough guy,” Brady said. “Obviously, this isn’t something you can just fight through.”
Meanwhile, the following seven players will suit up for the Patriots (15-3) on Sunday.
Tight end Jake Hollister, running back Mike Gillislee, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Bernard Reedy, as well as defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker David Harris and offensive lineman Cole Croston will all not feature in Super Bowl LII for the defending champion.
For the Eagles (15-3) wide receiver Marcus Johnson, cornerback Sidney Jones and running back Wendell Smallwood are among the seven players will not dressing today.
Defensive tackles Destiny Vaeao and Elijah Qualls, as well as tackle Will Beatty and defensive end Steven Means are the other inactive players today for Philadelphia.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Brady and Patriots start as the favorites to beat the Eagles, who advanced to Super Bowl despite losing starting Carson Wentz through injury in Week 14.
Nick Foles will hope to deliver another impressive performance at quarterback for the Eagles.
Foles led Philadelphia to the NFC title after wins over the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings.
Brady and New England who are hunting their sixth Super Bowl title, beat the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars to win the AFC crown and advanced to the decider.
Philadelphia Eagles Inactive Players: OL Will Beatty, WR Marcus Johnson, CB Sidney Jones, DE Steven Means, DT Elijah Qualls, RB Wendell Smallwood, DT Destiny Vaeao
New England Patriots Inactive Players: RB Mike Gillislee, DT Alan Branch, LB David Harris, OL Cole Croston, WR Kenny Britt, TE Jake Hollister, WR Bernard Reedy