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Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy Inactive for Sunday Night Football, Wife In Labor

Marissa Powell (L) and Kyle Van Noy attend The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, Massachusetts – New England Patriots linebacker, Kyle Van Noy was listed as inactive for Sunday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers to be with his wife who was in labor.

Van Noy’s absence on Sunday evening is something the organization knew was a possibility early Sunday morning. Van Noy’s wife, Marissa, had gone into labor with the couple’s first child.

The Patriots host the Steelers on NBC at 6:20 p.m. (MDT).

The New England Patriots linebacker is entering his sixth season in the league and his fourth with the Patriots. Van Noy was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Patriots in 2016. He helped the Pats comeback from a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and win his first Super Bowl ring.

Last season, the Patriots linebacker started all 16 regular-season games leading the team to an 11-5 record and another AFC East division title. Van Noy was a key player for the team throughout the playoffs including a sack against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots third consecutive championship game. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 giving the former Cougar his second ring.

Entering the 2019 season, the Patriots return much of their championship team and currently sit at 6/1 odds to win the Lombardi Trophy for the second year in a row.

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