The New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 45-7 yesterday, but two key players were injured in the win. Cornerback Kyle Arrington went down early in the game with a head injury and his return was viewed as questionable, but he was unable to return. Wes Welker injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and was not able to return, but he did talk to reporters after the win.
Another cornerback, Marquice Cole, went down in the fourth quarter and did not return after injuring his hamstring. He had two passes defended in a solid performance, and the injuries to the defensive backs hurt the already thinning depth at the position. Defensive tackle Ron Brace left the game in the fourth quarter as well, and he was listed questionable before the game. In fact, many people expected him to be inactive.
Wes Welker was questionable with an ankle injury heading into the game, so the fact that he rolled his ankle in the slick Wembley turf is definitely of concern. Even when matched up against Cortland Finnegan, Welker still managed to put in a solid day’s work and notch six catches. He told ESPN Boston, ““It just kind of got stuck in the turf.”
He also said that he thinks he’s fine, but be sure to closely monitor Welker’s injury status as the week goes on. The Pats have a bye week in Week 9, so the injury isn’t of grave concern at all. He’ll almost certainly be ready to tear up the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.
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