A couple of players were injured during the New England Patriots 29-26 overtime victory over the New York Jets, with the headliner being second-year cornerback Ras-I Dowling. The 6’1″ CB injured his quadriceps in the fourth quarter and was not able to return later on in the game.
Veteran defensive end and former Oakland Raider Trevor Scott also did not return to the game after pulling his right hamstring in the fourth quarter. Unlike Dowling, Scott did not accrue any statistics whilst playing.
Dowling played reasonably well- but was inconsistent- in this game and might just be the answer at nickel corner, especially when covering tight ends due to his size. He defended one pass and did not record a tackle, which is usually a good thing for a corner anyway. However, he also missed a crucial tackle on Dustin Keller, and there are still growing pains.
Hopefully both players are fine, especially Dowling. The Patriots cannot afford to lose arguably their third best corner given the struggles that this team has had in pass defense.
Jerod Mayo also left the game at one point but still was able to play a significant amount of snaps. He should be fine going forward and was one of the teams top performs with a fumble forced and 12 tackles. As usual, Mayo was everywhere making plays. The funny thing is that he was called for a defensive holding penalty while injured on the sidelines.
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