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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:

Active

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.

Inactive

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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