Patriots make another controversial QB change based on Week 7 inactives

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FOXBORO — Patriots rookie Malik Cunningham will not dress for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Cunningham, who served as the Patriots’ backup quarterback behind Mac Jones last week, is listed among this week’s inactives.

Bailey Zappe will back up Jones, while Will Grier will serve as the emergency third QB.

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QB Malik Cunningham
QB Will Grier (3rd QB)
WR Kayshon Boutte
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
OT Calvin Anderson
OLB Josh Uche
DE Keion White

The Patriots will dress Kendrick Bourne, Demario Douglas, DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton and Jalen Reagon, who was elevated from the practice squad, at wide receiver with Boutte and Smith-Schuster out. Douglas should take on a bigger role in the slot without Smith-Schuster.

Left tackle Trent Brown, left guard Cole Strange, center David Andrews, right guard Mike Onwenu, tackle Vederian Lowe and rookies Sidy Sow, Jake Andrews and Atonio Mafi are available on the offensive line.

The Patriots also elevated defensive tackle Trysten Hill from the practice squad.

The team is light on edge defenders with Uche and White out and Matthew Judon on injured reserve. The team will dress Deatrich Wise and Anfernee Jennings. Linebacker Jahlani Tavai and defensive lineman Sam Roberts can also play on the edge.

The Patriots listed 16 players as questionable heading into Week 7, and 14 of those, including cornerback Jack Jones, are active. Jack Jones was activated off of injured reserve on Saturday.

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