After falling to the Washington Commanders at home in Week 9, the New England Patriots head across the pond in Week 10 to face the Indianapolis Colts in Germany. This will be the Patriots' last game before their bye week and potentially the last chance for Bill Belichick to save his job.
Unfortunately, not everyone on the active roster will be able to suit up for New England in this pivotal matchup due to sickness, injuries, bad performance and other reasons.
With that in mind, here are the 3 Patriots players who are most likely to be inactive in this weekend's AFC clash.
1. J.C. Jackson
This one is fairly obvious, as it's already been reported that Jackson won't be traveling with the team to Frankfurt. Bill Belichick has done some crazy stuff in his career, but wasting an active roster spot on a player who's on a different continent would certainly be the craziest.
In any case, Jackson is a lock to be inactive this week. He wasn't spotted at practice on Wednesday and is getting some time off after getting benched last Sunday. The Patriots are saying it's to help him reset and give him extra rest before the bye, which is probably just a roundabout way of saying that he's being punished and is in Belichick's doghouse right now.
Jackson's performance has been a major disappointment since New England traded for him last month, re-acquiring him from the Los Angeles Chargers to replace injured cornerback Christian Gonzalez. Jackson's issues in LA have apparently followed him to Foxborough, where his attitude, reliability and commitment have all been called into question.
Cornerback is one of the most important positions in the NFL, and you need those guys locked in at all times. Jackson hasn't been doing that lately, and now he's paying the price.