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Talib, Thompkins among inactives

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerback Aqib Talib will miss his third straight game for the Patriots with a hip injury and rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Those were the biggest takeaways from the Patriots' list of inactive players today:

CB Aqib Talib

WR Kenbrell Thompkins

DE Jake Bequette

WR Josh Boyce

RB Leon Washington

LB Steve Beauharnais

G Chris Barker

ANALYSIS: Thompkins' snaps declined last week (14) as he had slid down the depth chart at receiver behind Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Austin Collie. In the end, the Patriots decided to go with a fullback/third tight end over a fifth receiver. ... With Talib inactive for the third straight game, it gives him two more weeks to heal as the Patriots are on the bye next week. ... Ditto for Washington, who appears to be getting closer to returning from an ankle injury. ... Rookie guard Josh Kline, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, gets the nod over fellow rookie Chris Barker on the 46-man game-day roster. The Patriots obviously like Barker's potential, but view Kline as more game-ready right now.

Steelers inactives:

QB Landry Jones

WR Markus Wheaton

CB Curtis Brown

TE Richard Gordon

LB Kion Wilson

G David DeCastro

DT Hebron Fangupo