The New England Patriots could be without their previous starting safeties once again, as both Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung are still listed questionable on the injury report. Gregory has a much better chance at returning, because he’s at least practiced consistently. Chung has been suffering from hamstring and shoulder injuries, while the hip injury has been the same problem for Gregory.
Both players have been injured all year, with Gregory’s hip injury being more severe. However. the fact that he is back to practicing is a great sign for New England.
If neither player plays, then Ryan Fitzpatrick should have another nice yardage day on the Patriots. Aqib Talib is serving the last game of his suspension, which means that the starting corners will be Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington. I would assume that Devin McCourty would move to safety so that Nate Ebner doesn’t start there, and it’s all about picking the lesser of two evils. One of either cornerback or safety will be thin, but I’d actually rather be thin at corner since McCourty is a better safety anyway.
It’s a tough call, and I really hope one of those guys is healthy so that both positions are stocked up. If one or both of those safeties are able to play against the Bills, then McCourty will be playing at corner. He’s already shut down Stevie Johnson once this season, and I think he’ll do it again since Johnson has been suffering from a thigh contusion that was called “bad” by his coach Chan Gailey.
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