Aaron Hernandez back for Patriots: Week 6's late actives/inactives

Aaron Hernandez has missed the last three games. (Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE)

We're keeping an eye on the key actives/inactives for Sunday's late games:


Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots (ankle): Hernandez will make his long-awaited return to New England's lineup on Sunday in Seattle, giving Tom Brady a full complement of weapons. Hernandez has not played since Week 1.

Hakeem Nicks (knee/foot): Nicks slowly worked his way into the mix during practice this week, then traveled with the Giants to San Francisco -- a good sign that he planned to play. And he will indeed take part in the rematch of last year's NFC title game.

John Skelton, QB, Cardinals (ankle): Skelton is back in action for Arizona -- or at least back in uniform. Skelton will serve as the backup for Kevin Kolb on Sunday as he continues to bounce back from an ankly injury.


Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins (foot): Despite returning to the Redskins' lineup, Garcon has been unable to get his foot -- injured in Week 1 -- back to 100 percent. He'll sit out another game Sunday in an effort to get right.

Todd Heap, TE, Cardinals (knee): Heap was listed as questionable this week, but he will miss his fourth consecutive game.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, 49ers (knee): Jacobs will miss Sunday's game against his former team. He has been dealing with a knee injury but he did participate in practice this week, which gave him a shot to play.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings (leg): After returning from a suspension to start the season, Simpson briefly provided Minnesota with a deep threat in the pass game. He has had issues with leg weakness lately, however, and will be out until he can resolve that issue.
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