Marcus Jones, DeVante Parker to return for fateful matchup with Bills


The Patriots have a chance to be as close to full strength as they can be ahead of a win-and-in game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Cornerback Marcus Jones and DeVante Parker, who both missed last week’s victory over the Dolphins with concussions, were listed as full participants at practice Friday and removed from the injury report. That means they’re in for Sunday barring any setbacks.

Davon Godchaux, who landed on the injured report Thursday with an illness, was back to participating fully on Friday and does not have an injury designation for this Sunday either.

Additionally, no Patriots were ruled out or doubtful this Friday, with Jonathan Jones, Jakobi Meyers, Jalen Mills, Brenden Schooler and Jonnu Smith all listed as questionable. Smith, who sustained a concussion of his own against the Bengals, practiced in limited fashion Thursday and Friday.

Jonathan Jones and Meyers have played through their respective chest and shoulder injuries for several weeks and likely will do so again in an almost must-win game.

Meanwhile, the Bills also look to have a clean bill of health on their active roster for this weekend with the exception of Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday.

Getting Marcus Jones back against the Bills will be essential given the injuries at the cornerback spot, including fellow rookie Jack Jones landing on injured reserve last week. The third-round pick also could provide a spark on offense, as he did in the first matchup with the Bills, and on special teams.

The Patriots will need all the help they can get from Jones and company against a Bills team coming into Sunday with a lot to play for.

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