Chandler Jones’ wait is over.
The third-year defensive end has been out since injuring his hip in Week 7 against the New York Jets. But after being a limited participant in the New England Patriots’ last two weeks of practices, Jones now finds himself among the 46 actives as the team gets set to host the Miami Dolphins for a 1 p.m. Sunday kickoff.
Also active for the Patriots is linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who missed last Sunday’s game due to a shoulder injury suffered against the Green Bay Packers, and was a limited participant in practice sessions this week.
Inactive for the Patriots is halfback James White, offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, guard Jordan Devey, defensive end Zach Moore, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, linebacker Chris White and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
For James White, a fourth-round pick in May’s NFL draft, Week 15 marks the 12th time he has been a healthy inactive this season. For Devey, it will mark the seventh consecutive scratch. For Moore, a rookie sixth-rounder, it is his first scratch since Week 9 against the Denver Broncos. And for Dennard, it is the second week in a row the Patriots will opt for undrafted rookie corner Malcolm Butler, in part due to contributions on special teams.
Fleming, a fourth-round Stanford product, has been out due to an ankle injury since it transpired against the Detroit Lions. Easley, New England’s first-rounder, will miss his third game of the year because of a lingering knee injury. And Chris White, a core special-teamer, will be out for a third time in three weeks with an ankle ailment, signifying that practice-squad promotion Darius Fleming will be in the mix.
On the Dolphins’ side, running back LaMichael James, offensive linemen Nate Garner and Billy Turner, and linebackers Jelani Jenkins, Koa Misi, Jonathan Freeny and Chris McCain have officially been ruled inactive.
McCain blocked a punt against New England during the season opener at Sun Life Stadium.