The New England Patriots have ruled out running back Brandon Bolden, free safety Steve Gregory, and linebacker and special teams ace Tracy White for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
Bolden was listed questionable last week against the Seattle Seahawks and likely re-injured the same knee in that game. He has not practiced all week, and there is no sense in even trying to rush him back anyway given the quality of backups Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen. Also, the Jets run defense is far weaker than in years past, and Stevan Ridley can easily shoulder the brunt of the workload.
Gregory’s loss is more impactful, because it just hurts the Patriots from an overall schematic standpoint in the secondary. Asking a weak coverage player and overly-aggressive strong safety in Patrick Chung to play over-the-top more often with Gregory out is too much, and it just hasn’t worked out well for the Pats these past two weeks. The errors in the secondary manifested themselves in the fourth quarter of the 24-23 loss to the Seahawks.
White is still out with a foot injury, but his injury is the least important of them.
Other players on the injury report.
DT Ron Brace (back)
WR Wes Welker (ankle)
TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (hand)
RT Sebastian Vollmer (back, ankle)
LG Logan Mankins (calf, hip)
LB Dont’a Hightower (hamstring)
SS Patrick Chung (shoulder)
CB Sterling Moore (knee)
OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)
DT Kyle Love (knee)
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