New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief will miss Sunday’s game at the New England Patriots.
Strief is dealing with an ankle injury, and backup Bryce Harris will fill in for him by making his second career start.
The other inactives are running back Mark Ingram (toe), wide receiver Lance Moore (hand), cornerback Rod Sweeting (healthy), linebacker Martez Wilson (ankle), safety Roman Harper (knee) and defensive end Tyrunn Walker (knee). The Saints ruled Harper and Walker out on Friday; Wilson was listed as probable on the final injury report prior to the game.
Meanwhile, for the Patriots, two-time Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) was among those ruled out Sunday. Other inactives are wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist), defensive back Tavon Wilson (hamstring), running back Leon Washington (ankle), right guard Chris Barker (healthy), wide receiver Josh Boyce (healthy) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee).
Kelly and Washington were scratched Friday.
Harris is in his second year with the Saints and in the NFL. He played in two games in 2012 and was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury against San Francisco on Nov. 25.
Harris told reporters this week he felt good about the prospect of starting in place of Strief, who missed team drills on Wednesday and Thursday before being limited Friday.
“When you get the first-string reps and you go through practice and get the game plan, you feel more confident and ready to play,” Harris said. “Fortunately for me, I’ve gotten those this week.”
Harris has played in every game this year as an additional lineman, a blocking tight end and on special teams.
Ingram and Harper have been inactive since after Week 2, and Moore has been inactive since after Week 4. Also of note: veteran nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley will be available to play for the first time since hurting his calf early in Week 1.