The New England Patriots will be without at least seven key players tomorrow against the St. Louis Rams, and both Brandon Bolden and Steve Gregory are among those who have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Bolden re-injured his knee against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, and the emergence of Shane Vereen last week (eight carries, 49 yards) only gave the Patriots more incentive to let Bolden rest for another week.
The more serious injuries are in the secondary, which has already been the weakest unit (by far) on the team this season. Ras-I Dowling has been placed on the injured reserve, and things have only gotten worse with the news that both Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. This means that rookie Tavon Wilson will be starting with cornerback Devin McCourty at safety.
I actually like that combination of safeties, since those two have been the best defensive backs on the team this year. However, this means that the corners are going to be extremely weak tomorrow with Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard likely starting on the outside with Sterling Moore in the nickel. Dennard has been very good as a rookie, but Arrington is one of the worst corners in the league (at least, this year) and Moore is no great shakes either.
Trevor Scott has been ruled out after leaving last week’s game with an injury, and linebacker Tracy White is once again out. It looks like White’s injury is more serious than once thought. Aaron Hernandez will also miss Sunday’s game due to a setback with his ankle injury.
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