Dominique Easley will not be on the field Sunday when the New England Patriots face the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m.
The first-round defensive tackle, who has missed the last three practices, has been ruled out for Week 15 due to lingering knee issues, according to Friday’s official injury report. Easley suffered his second ACL tear at the University of Florida in September of 2013, and it was reported by the Boston Herald‘s Jeff Howe on Thursday that the Patriots could place the rookie on season-ending injured reserve to get him fully healthy for 2015.
For the divisional rematch at Gillette Stadium, New England has also designated nine limited practice participants as questionable.
The list includes halfback Shane Vereen (ankle), wide receivers Julian Edelman (thigh) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder), offensive linemen Cameron Fleming (ankle) and Dan Donnolly (ankle), defensive linemen Chandler Jones (hip) and Rob Ninkovich (heel), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) and special-teamer Chris White (ankle).
Four of whom were inactive for Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers.
Fleming has missed the Patriots’ last three games. Jones has been out since October, but has been a limited participant in the last two weeks of practice sessions and appears to be closing in on a return. Hightower looks to be following suit after missing last Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury suffered the week prior against the Green Bay Packers. And, rounding out the list is White, who has been unable to go for the last two contests.
Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) has been listed as probable for Miami after participating fully in practice.
Long snapper Danny Aiken (concussion) has been removed from the injury report.
As for the Dolphins, guard Nate Garner (illness) and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday. Linebackers Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), Jelani Jenkins (foot) and Koa Misi (hamstring/knee) are doubtful. And tight end Charles Clay (hamstring/knee), linebacker Chris McCain (ankle), and cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan (ankle) and Jamar Taylor (shoulder) are questionable.